creating pathways from "crisis" to "stable"

Economic mobility describes how someone’s income changes over their lifetime.

Economic mobility can also refer to the changes in economic outcomes, such as changing jobs or moving to a new house, for groups of people or generations over time.

Economic mobility creates a pathway from crisis to stable, and housing is key to this. Safe and affordable housing improves an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. This, in turn, improves communities through supporting area employers and the local workforce. Understanding disparities through an equity lens is essential in supporting economic mobility as well. Diverse communities are developed in areas with affordable housing, which creates a more understanding, fair, and culturally sensitive community.

How can you help move individuals and families from experiencing crisis to a path of stability?
Here’s easy ways to get involved VIA United Way:


for different projects in your community that support economic mobility. Volunteering for free tax programs like VITA are a small way to make a big impact.


your dollars in UWECI. When you donate, you help us meet our communities’ solutions around economic mobility.


by informing yourself of housing issues in Eastern Iowa. Visit exhibits in museums, attend public meetings around housing plans, and research other housing bills impacting your area.

United Way's Involvement

Economic mobility is tied to opportunity and creating pathways from crisis to stability. UWECI is involved and engaged with various programs that support economic mobility, including:

  • 21-Day Equity Challenge (September 2021)
  • Affordable Housing Commission
  • Alliance for Equitable Housing
  • Board Orientation & Leadership Development (BOLD)
  • Civic Circle
  • Envision East Central Iowa
  • Local Homeless Coordinating Board
  • Opportunity Center
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)