Our Financial Stability Goal
By 2020, increase the number of financially stable households by 15%.
It is difficult for low-income families to transition from instability to financially stable. Increasing employment and educational opportunities are key ways to increasing income; but for the population making less than 250% FPL, maintaining stable housing, food, and transportation is challenging. When basic needs are not met, planning for the future is nearly impossible.
With our partners, we focus on strategies that fill gaps and smooth transitions to help families successfully reach financial stability:
Focus on strategies to reduce homelessness and increase access to stable housing.
Increasing Access to Food
Fill critical gaps in the community and working to develop strategies to reach areas that lack resources.
Building Skills and Education
Focus on building basic skills to help reach higher wage employment and higher education opportunities.
United Way and our partners go beyond helping people meet basic needs by providing services that help households improve their situation and get ahead:
Free Tax Preparation
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help for those who qualify.
Free Tax Coalition
This team consists of local, regional, state, and national partners working to support low- and moderate-income families that can take advantage of free tax preparation and receive life changing refunds and credits.
Kirkwood KPACE and GAP
The Kirkwood Pathways for Academic Career Education and Employment (KPACE) supports individuals’ achieving higher levels of education and employment. GAP is a complementary tuition assistance program that provides funding for need-based tuition assistance.
Continuum of Care Coalition
The Coalition has a Coordinated Intake program to help find open shelter beds or affordable housing in the community and a Rapid Re-Housing service to help families find permanent housing.
The Council is a voluntary planning and advisory group that works to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Linn County. Its mission is to organize and maintain a strategic network of community interests, that will identify and coordinate housing and services to meet the specific needs of homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.