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Connecticut Asset Building Collaborative is an effective network of public, private, and non-profit organizations and partners that provide and advocate for programs, services and policies that help low and moderate income individuals and families achieve financial security.

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2018 – A Year For Savings

We know two important facts about personal savings -- one, it can mean the difference between surviving a financial shock or not, and two, very few Americans have enough emergency savings to last them a month in the event of a crisis.  This is particularly true of low-income individuals and families. While we hope to assist our clients with long-term financial planning and goals, the peer learning committee recognizes that helping our community build any kind of emergency savings is an essential first step towards greater financial stability.

For that reason, we are focusing our efforts in 2018 on how all organizations can work together toward the goal of savings.  The CT ABC is already integrating partners who target different areas of need among low-income residents.  Although as organizations we may train our sights on food access, housing, financial literacy, employment, transportation, heat assistance, and other social determinants, our clients experience all of these issues at once.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to join forces with a singular purpose and what better goal than to help individuals through our areas of expertise and in partnership to build an emergency savings fund.  This year, peer learning seeks to start a dialogue between agencies to investigate what is within each of our power to help people save. 

 

News from around the Collaborative

There are FOUR Asset Building events this month and next!  We hope you can attend at least one, if not more.

Connecticut Economic Inclusion Forum

October 18, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street New Haven, Connecticut 

There is no cost to attend this program and a continental breakfast will be provided, but seats will be limited and advanced registration is required. Registration will close on October 12, 2018. Seating at this free event will be limited and prompt action is recommended.

Register via email to cdoyle@FDIC.gov , providing basic contact in formation for each individual who will be attending:   Name and Title, Organization Name and mailing address, Phone number , Email address

CT Jump$tart 2018 Connecticut Financial Literacy Summit

Monday October 22nd at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill. For more information and to register, click here 

CT ASSET BUILDING COLLABORATIVE EVENTS

Peer Learning  Oct 31 2018

The purpose of this session is to explore how to better integrate social services with financial empowerment services. The panel  will include organizations that have had some success integrating services, such as Elm City Services (formerly New Haven Housing), so we can learn from their experience.  For more information and to RSVP click here.

 

Waterbury Regional Meeting November 8, 2018

The meeting will include panels on the Working Cities Challenge, Savings and Banking and Financial Empowerment Centers.  There will also be informal opportunities for networking as well as a speed networking activity.  For a more detailed agenda go here.  To RSVP click here.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors at the United Way of Greater Waterbury.

 

For information on future events, come back to check this space...

 

Collaborative Events

For steering committee meetings, peer learning sessions and regional meetings - please go to the Events page.

For more information, come back to the website, or sign up for our emails and/or social media posts.

Engage with CABC on Social Media

This step onto the social media scene will increase awareness of the many asset building resources available and the profound impact they have, especially for low-income families.

  • Follow CABC on Facebook and Twitter
  • Share the page with your friends and colleagues to encourage them to follow us 
  • Tell us what we should be sharing by sending information to ctassetbuilding@gmail.com 

Collaborative Member Events

 

To post information about your organization's asset building event - send it to:  CTAssetBuilding@gmail.com.

Policy and Program News

Home   The Connecticut Scorecard --- Prosperity_Now_scorecard_PDF.pdf

Link to Prosperity Now Scorecard tool:  http://scorecard.prosperitynow.org/   You can search this site for data by state, locality, issue and other factors.

 

What is Asset Building?

The Collaborative's members do work in the following areas:

Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Financial Access and Products

Financial Education/Coaching/ Credit Counseling

Housing Assistance and Homeownership

Jobs and Workforce Development

Savings for Adults and Children, IDAs

Tax Assistance and Credits (VITA)

 

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