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Financial Stability 

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Economic skills, financial literacy, the ability to grow assets—all of these are important to the well-being of individuals and their families. They help people avoid unmanageable debt, create plans to reduce existing debt and learn how to use credit responsibly.

 

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tactics for giving to improve financial stability
  • Support nonprofit organizations offering financial counseling and debt reduction programs to youth and low-income adults
  • Support organizations offering matched savings accounts for low-income families
  • Support organizations that help low-income individuals move toward first-time home ownership
  • Fund public education campaigns that raise awareness of predatory lending, credit unions and financial options
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
64% of King County jobs don't pay enough for a family of four with one wage earner.
Success Story
Promoting Self-sufficiency to Make a Permanent, Positive Change
Hopelink serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. With a wide range of services focused on promoting self-sufficiency, Hopelink can help with rent, emergency financial assistance, access to benefits, tax preparation and more. These services are aimed at helping individuals regain financial stability and make a permanent, positive change in their lives.
Stay Informed:

Lessons from SEED, a National Demonstration of Child Development Accounts
A nationwide system of Child Development Accounts (CDAs) established as early as birth can lead to lifelong savings, raise college expectations and affordability, and serve as a basis for more stable and productive financial lives for American families, according to this report.
Creating 21st Century Jobs: Increasing Employment and Wages for American Workers in a Changing World
Today's workers face labor market challengs made worse by a risky fiscal situation. It is now imperative that leaders at the federal and state levels take bold actions to better position American workers for success in a 21st century economy.
2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
The 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard paints a bleak picture of rising asset poverty and diminishing financial security in the United States. Nationally, 27 percent of all households are asset poor, meaning they lack the savings or other assets to cover basic expenses for just three months if a layoff or other emergency leads to the loss of income.
The Great Recession: Taking Stock of Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost
Washington State added 1,100 jobs in March 2011, while statewide unemployment crept up fo 9.2% from 9.1% in February, likely the result of more people entering the labor market who had previously stopped looking for work.
Jump$tart Washington
Jump$tart Washington is a nonprofit coalition created to promote the need for financial education in Washington State.
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