News & Updates from the Assets & Opportunity Network

Assets & Opportunity Network TA Fund: Integrating Financial Coaching Throughout Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
Posted on 04/01/2015

By Kori Hattemer and Fran Rosebush on 03/05/2015 @ 10:30 AM… Read More


Apps to help you save!
Posted on 03/27/2015

"Rounding up savings" … Read More


UNITED WAY: Putting hope on the line with 2-1-1
Posted on 03/26/2015

A young father of two desperately needed a new pair of work boots to keep his construction job. Unsure of how he was going to pay for them, he called the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE. He was connected with a United Way THRIVE specialist and ultimately, the help he received went beyond boots and put his feet on the path to a brighter future. He was provided resources to help him go back to school, get his GED and land a welding job that would lead to greater financial stability for his family.… Read More


Making Work Pay for Working Families in the Ocean State
Posted on 03/26/2015

Greetings from the Ocean State! This year, the Economic Progress Institute is partnering with local organizations across the state to increase Rhode Island's Earned Income Tax Credit.… Read More


Tax Time
Posted on 03/25/2015

By now your mailbox should be containing envelopes with the special note, --"important tax documents enclosed-- and you're either anxiously awaiting a possible refund, or dreading the day you have to sit down and deal with a potential payment to Uncle Sam. The good news is that if you're one of the millions of American families whose income is $53,000 or less, you can avoid the stress and have your taxes prepared for free at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you. If you are eligible for a refund, you will receive it within 5-7 business days of filing so there's no need to pay a professional tax preparer who will not only charge you to file but may charge an additional fee to get you your refund only a few days sooner. All across the country, VITA sites in all the states are gearing up for tax season and Vermont is no exception. Central Vermont has a number of sights open in the evenings, during the day and on Saturdays with dedicated IRS volunteers… Read More


Vermont Wins!
Posted on 03/25/2015

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont acknowledging an award of nearly 9 million dollars in federal grants for Vermont and its community partners to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients with job training and job placement. Vermont is one of only 10 states in the nation (and the only state in the northeast) to receive this prestigious grant to help people move off of public assistance and into the workforce. _#_VTaction https://www.facebook.com/VTCommunityAction?fref=ts Read More


Vermont's Scorecard Results
Posted on 03/25/2015

The figures just came in and we've got good news and bad news. … Read More


Leaving Money on the Table
Posted on 03/23/2015

By Mitchell Cole, Policy Analyst, [The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis](http://www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org)… Read More


Bank On Virginia Beach Now Enrolling New Classes
Posted on 03/18/2015

Virginia Beach, Virginia - Bank On Virginia Beach, a partnership of participating banks, credit unions, community organizations and the City of Virginia Beach, is designed to help you take control of your finances. Spring classes are now enrolling and thanks to the local partners, classes are free. One-on-one coaching will help you set goals, create realistic financial plans and access necessary resources. Put a spring in your step and get started on a better financial path. Since 2012, graduates of the program have committed over $ _ million to savings, reduced debt by over $120,000 and improved average credit score by 21 points. For more information, including how to enroll. visit the [Bank On website.](http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/your-dhs/pages/bankonvirginiabeach.aspx) Read More


Tax Season in Full Swing at Wayne Metro
Posted on 03/17/2015

TAX SEASON IN FULL SWING… Read More


Happy VITA Customers at Appalachian Community Action
Posted on 03/16/2015

Appalachian Community Action in Gate City, Virginia hosts Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) every year and is emphasizing savings this year to all customers coming to have their federal and state tax returns filed electronically for free by certified volunteers. Pictured below: The Kiser Family, Mr. Hosein, and The Leonard Family showing off how much they saved. ![Alt text for image](http://www.vaeitc.com/assets/content/Images/FAM_SAVES_1.jpg) ![Alt text for image](http://www.vaeitc.com/assets/content/Images/I_SAVE_4.jpg) ![Alt text for image](http://www.vaeitc.com/assets/content/WE_SAVE_1.jpg) Read More


The Assets & Opportunity Network Announces New Leadership
Posted on 03/16/2015

The Assets & Opportunity Network is happy to announce new leadership to help guide and shape the direction of the Network as well as represent and share the cutting edge service delivery and advocacy work happening in their local communities. At the end of 2014, several members of the Network Steering Committee (NSC) transitioned off the committee. We would like to thank [David Rothstein](http://assetsandopportunity.org/network/learning_community/experts_directory/david_rothstein) (Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland) and [Kate Richey](http://assetsandopportunity.org/network/learning_community/experts_directory/kate_richey) (Oklahoma Policy Institute) for serving on the NSC since the beginning in 2012. To fill their shoes, the NSC invited four distinguished Network Leaders to join the Committee for the next two years. The new NSC members are:… Read More


Poll finds strong support for regulating payday lenders
Posted on 03/13/2015

###Midwesterners offer strongest support for new rules and protections… Read More


New Data Show 3.2 Million Americans Benefit from Volunteer Tax Preparation
Posted on 03/12/2015

##New Data Show Volunteer Tax Preparation Provides a Significant Benefit to Lower-Income Taxpayers… Read More


America Families Struggling with Fragile Budgets
Posted on 03/09/2015

A [new report](http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/01/the-precarious-state-of-family-balance-sheets) from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that despite the economic recovery, most American households continue to be financially vulnerable.… Read More


2015 ONAC Conference
Posted on 03/05/2015

We invite you to attend the 2015 Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Conference, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The conference will be held at the Oklahoma History Center (located on the northeast corner of N.E. 23rd & Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.… Read More


Opponents keeping up pressure on payday lenders in Texas
Posted on 02/27/2015

Masako Melissa Hirsch interviewed YW's Becca Fritze about the dangers of Payday Lending for the Dallas Morning News in September. … Read More


7 Ways to Turn Saving Money into a Habit
Posted on 02/26/2015

by Brittany Lyte, Wise Bread… Read More


The America Saves Week: Take Your Financial Future into Your Own Hands
Posted on 02/24/2015

This America Saves Week: Take Your Financial Future into Your Own Hands… Read More


Paycheck to Paycheck
Posted on 02/24/2015

The New York Times produced a compelling video about one family living in asset poverty. Here's a link: http://www.nytimes.com/video/business/100000003261636/paycheck-to-paycheck.html And here's a synopsis of the family's struggle to make ends meet: The Vories family lives on a volatile income --" not knowing how much each paycheck will contain month-to-month. In tough times, Alex Vories borrows his father's car to deliver pizzas at night. Read More


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