Author: Heidi Goldberg

Innovative Ways Cities are Meeting Residents’ Financial Needs

This is the seventh and final post in our blog series on financial inclusion. This post highlights an array of programs and services to meet the diverse financial needs of city residents. (Getty Images/Chris Hondros) “To fully participate in the economic fabric of a community, all families must have access to the financial tools and

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Local Financial Inclusion Programs Build a Strong Foundation for Financial Well-Being

This is the sixth post in our blog series on financial inclusion. The series provides examples and action steps to help city leaders start or strengthen financial inclusion efforts. This post highlights local financial inclusion programming, with a focus on the four most common types of programs. (Getty/Fuse) Proven, effective financial inclusion programs and services

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Children’s Savings Accounts: How Cities are Helping Families Save for College

Every family should have the opportunity to save for their children’s future, but this is simply not the reality for many low- and moderate-income families. From left to right: Laura Owens, ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation; Heidi Goldberg, National League of Cities, Michael Sherraden, Center for Social Development at Washington University; San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros;

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Financial Inclusion: Helping Families Gain a Solid Financial Foothold

Our new report, City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview, highlights the growing commitment of city leaders to address the financial challenges of their residents. (Getty Images) Mayors and other city leaders see first-hand how families in their communities are struggling to navigate today’s complex financial systems. They hear from residents regularly about how hard

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City Investments in Financial Capability are Paying Off

This post was co-written by Alysha Davis. President Obama issued a proclamation declaring April 2015 to be National Financial Capability Month. It’s described as a to time to “renew our efforts to support the informed financial decisions that will open doors into the middle class and help ensure economic security for all.” A couple receives

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Opportunity for Cities to Help Young People Achieve Financial Success

NLC is providing guidance to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor on their new technical assistance opportunity to help cities include financial capability in their youth employment programs. Young jobseekers attend an open jobs call. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Each year, millions of youth in cities across the country participate in

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Economically Stronger Families = Economically Stronger Cities

This is the second of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” In today’s complex financial and economic landscape, families in the lower and middle income brackets can easily find themselves standing

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