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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.

Without opportunity.

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 Thrive Financial Success Centers provide 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. The center provides 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 on our income-related programs contact Jennifer Kinsman at jkinsman@uwpv.org or 413-693-0212.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

A Day in the Life is an interactive demonstration which introduces people to the fundamentals of financial wellness. The program operates like a game, where participants are given a hypothetical income and debt load, and are then presented with a series of simulated life events. They are then asked to consider how to best manage their budgets and priorities, and how to prepare for and deal with unexpected expenses.  For some participants, this may be the first time they’ve been asked to think critically about personal finance issues and long-term planning.
 
For more information about this valuable teaching tool, please contact Janelle Patterson at jpatterson@uwpv.org