Tag: financial empowerment

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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Financial Inclusion Takes Center Stage in Nashville

This is a guest post by Erik Cole. This is the fourth post in our financial inclusion blog series. This post highlights Nashville’s Financial Empowerment Center and the impact that their programs and services are having on the community. In 2013, Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean partnered with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to

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Financial Inclusion Efforts Can Provide a Brighter Future for Low-Income Residents

This post was co-written by Courtney Coffin. Courtney is the senior associate for financial inclusion in the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.   This is the first post in a new blog series on financial inclusion. This series will explain what financial inclusion is and provide examples and action steps to help city leaders start

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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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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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Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

This blog post also appears on MomsRising.org. There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders

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Digitizing Financial Literacy?

Last month, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling released its annual Consumer Financial Literacy Survey. The results added a bit of color to the picture that has been emerging since the recession of Americans’ financial literacy and stability, and it’s not necessarily pretty. According to the latest survey, more than half (56%) of adults do

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