Financial Stability – Families & Individuals in Hampden County
Poverty isn’t permanent.
Too many children and their hardworking parents know too well what it’s like to live without. Without food or a place to call home. Without a job that offers advancement opportunities. Without a doctor. Without the knowledge that college is an option.
We are committed to empowering those living with economic instability by securing opportunities to achieve financial independence, career success, and permanent affordable housing.
Enhancing Financial Stability in Hampden County (Executive Summary)
Financial Stability Network – A network consisting of a range of providers and stakeholders committed to advancing the financial stability of residents of Hampden County. The Financial Stability Network is convened by UWPV.
Thrive–Financial Success Centers
The Financial Success Center provides college students in our community with the resources and assistance to become financially stable by offering services to improve credit scores, reduce debt, build income, and increase assets. Once completed, the Financial Success Center will be the only one of its kind in Western Massachusetts. The center will provide a “one stop shop” for a variety of financial literary topics, helping 300 students within the first year and 500 students annually.
VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
UWPV works with local organizations to support free tax assistance services to residents of the region. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is provided by Springfield Partners for Community Action and the Valley Opportunity Council with funding support by UWPV. Eligible families may be available for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which helps bring needed funds back to these households and to the region. In 2013 the program helped 5,327 families receive help filing tax returns; 60 volunteers participated, donating 2,000 hours of time and skill; $2.5 million in tax credits were recirculated into the local economy; $4.5 million in refunds were received by low-income taxpayers. For more information about the VITA program click here.
For more information on our income-related programs contact Jennifer Kinsman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-693-0212.