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Family Income & Assets

Many community challenges can’t be overcome if local families live in poverty, so living-wage jobs, career paths and techniques to boost income are an across-the-board topic. Indeed, one sign of a thriving community is that residents feel confident that their lives can improve, their incomes rise, and their job prospects widen while they are living there.

Achieving economic stability is a process that builds upon itself. It requires long-term planning and commitment from individuals and families. Economic stability is a combination of adequate income and good financial management behavior.

Institute Articles

Read our coverage of Family Income & Assets issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.

Practitioner Resources

The Family Income & Assets resources are organized into these categories:

Anchor Institutions Open Doors in Their Communities
Examples and advice from LISC’s experience partnering with anchor institutions for community revitalization – Part 1 of 2
Resources for Integrating Financial and Asset Building Services
Integrating Financial and Asset Building Services: Why It’s Important and How to Do It
Expanding the Integrated Services Model
By growing its Financial Opportunity Center network, LISC is helping local groups support clients like Brittany Gee
Rural Families Get A Prescription for Financial Health
Financial Opportunity Center helps rural Pennsylvania families build wealth
Integrated Services Delivery website
This website outlines the philosophy, best practices and resources for integrated services delivery, which bundle services for low-income families in employment, income supports and asset-building.
"Innovations and Future Directions for Workforce Development in the Post-Recession Era"
The Urban Institute's roundtable on workforce development policies covers connecting employers with workforce programs and services, tapping into new business practices, and more.
"Integration & Innovation: Lessons from Organizations Integrating Asset Building into Social Services"
This 20-page report outlines ideas on how to integrate financial components into existing social services to strengthen clients' financial security.
Neighborhoods and Labor Markets Seminar
The ways that low-income neighborhoods are linked — and can be linked — to their regional economies.
"It's the economy, stupid!"
A series of articles outlining why connecting a neighborhood to broader local and regional economies is important to a community's well-being.
"A Practitioner’s Guide to Combatting Predatory Lending"
Tools and strategies for community-based organizations and other practioners to address predatory lending.
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