Families who receive UWCF funded services improve credit scores (which helps them to qualify for jobs, housing and lower interest rates on car and home loans), reduce debt, increase emergency savings and earned job credentials that increase family income.
After an extensive 2010 study of local poverty, UWCF re-established Consumer Credit Counseling. There had been no coordinated financial education services for hard working low-income families in Polk County for 20 years.
Working with local banks and financial advisors, UWCF established credentialed financial education instructors, money mentors and money coaches to help families successfully utilize banking services, live on a budget, increase emergency savings, improve credit scores and reduce debt. Funded providers help clients to earn job credentials that increase family income.
Families/individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level ($48,600 for a family of four) who receive UWCF funded financial services will improve financial stability by achieving the asset of saving $300+, improving credit scores, earning a job credential that can improve family income and/or increasing family income
Families with up to 200% of poverty level who receive UWCF free tax preparation will increase financial stability by splitting their refund so that at least $300 is deposited in a savings account; all clients are referred to additional financial stability services
Partner agencies with funded services include:
Church Service Center
Explorations V Children’s Museum
Frostproof Care Center
Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Mulberry Community Service Center
Ridge Area Arc
Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland
The Salvation Army Serving West Polk
Women’s Resource Center
To improve lives and strengthen our community.
To create positive lasting change in our community by helping children succeed in school; promoting family financial stability and independence; and improving people’s health.
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