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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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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.

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CAHS in partnership with CABC was awarded a grant for a Bank On Coalition Fellow for New Haven!  Hiring is open NOW!

We are very excited to be working with Bank On!  The grant money goes toward the salary of a staff person who will be responsible for developing the Coalition in New Haven and working with the banks to develop products that meet the needs of low income consumers.  Matching funds need to be raised to meet the grant requirements, which the steering committee is working on. 

The Bank On Fellow will be a member of the Bank On Fellowship cohort with four other Fellows around the country. The Fellow will provide leadership to the Bank On New Haven initiative to make significant advancement in local banking access efforts.  The Fellow will be responsible for directing and realizing the vision of Bank On New Haven, overseeing day-to-day operations, and coordinating with the CFE Fund. This fellowship is a minimum two-year commitment.  The United Way of Greater New Haven has agreed to house the staff person.  We need to hire the staff person by September.  The hiring process is being run by CAHS, with a job description here.

CABC received a generous donation from Farmington Bank  

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Farmington Bank made a generous donation to the Connecticut Asset Building Collaborative as part of their promotion of their new Fresh Start Savings program.  To read more about the program go here.

Collaborative Events

Greater Fairfield Regional Meeting - October 18 at Housatonic Community College

More details will follow.  To register RSVP here

Collaborative Member Events

Free Financial Empowerment Workshops and Person-To-Person Debt and Budget Counseling Available to Lower-Income New Haven Residents!
New Haven residents up to 250% of the federal poverty rate (a family of 3 with income $51,050 or a single person with an income of $30,150) are eligible to attend free financial empowerment workshops or person-to-person debt and budget counseling! 
The following financial empowerment workshops are scheduled:
August 24- Invest in Yourself
September 7- Own your Own Home
For more information on workshops, check out this flier!
Person-to-person debt and budget counseling are only available through June 30. Check out this flier for more information!



2017 Connecticut Financial Literacy Summit:

Confronting the Student Debt Crisis

WHEN:    Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

WHERE:  Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 

 The Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition cordially invites you to attend its 2017 Connecticut Financial Literacy Summit.  This year's conference will focus on the student debt crisis and how to better prepare young people for the decisions entailed in financing a college education.

 With seven in ten college seniors carrying student loans averaging $37,000, how to pay for college has become a critical component of the personal finance curriculum.  You'll leave this conference with a solid understanding of what students must know to make smart choices as well as tips, techniques and resources for delivering this information in a powerful way.  Alternatives to the traditional college-to-career path will also be explored.

 The Summit is open to everyone who is concerned about the financial literacy of Connecticut's students and the fiscal health of its young adults. 

About the Jump$tart Coalition 

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in pre-kindergarten through college.   Jump$tart's nearly 150 national partners and 51 affiliated state coalitions work individually and collectively to educate and prepare our nation's youth for life-long financial success.  For more information about the Connecticut chapter, go to


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Policy and Program News

Our Partners at CFED Have a New Name!

Our partners and friends at CFED have a new name! On June 19, the Corporation for Enterprise Development became Prosperity Now. The name, along with a new website and refreshed brand, is broad enough to encompass all the great work they do, but simple enough to be instantly understandable.
Read more here!
Check out the Recent News page above for articles from local and national media, announcements and more.


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)