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Programs and Activities

Regional Meetings

Greater New Haven Regional Meeting

April 6, 2017 sponsored by the United Way of New Haven

To view the agenda follow this link.

Creating Better Financial Futures  -- Greater Hartford Regional Meeting

October 18, 2016 sponsored by Farmington Bank

Charles Botts, Workforce Development and Innovations Act

Tracey Ariel, Advanced Manufacturing Technical Centers, CT State Colleges and Universities (presented by Michael Kozlowski)

To view the agenda follow this link.

Peer Learning Sessions

Financial Coaching

December 7, 2016.  Materials here

Policy Academy

Monday February 29, 2016 Materials here.

The Hidden Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans

Tuesday January 12, 2016,  with Jonathan Morduch  Materials here

Role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Fostering Asset Building and Community Economic Development

Friday September 25, 2015,  - with Corey Stone  

Behavioral Economics:  Practical Strategies for Financial Success

January 29, 2015  Follow-up materials here

Lessons Learned:  VITA and Financial Education Best Practices 

October 23, 2014

Applying Results Based Accountability to the Work of Achieving Better Results 

led by Phyllis Rozansky  May 29, 2014

 

 

Fall Conference 2015

Our Fall Conference was held on November 5th, 2015 at the Solarium, Page Hall at CT Valley Hospital.  You can get to the program, presentations and some photos by clicking here.  Check back as this will be updated over the next few weeks.  

Resource Directory

The Connecticut Asset Building Directory is intended to help families in Connecticut navigate the difficult path of becoming financially stable. The Directory contains information on the many nonprofit programs throughout the state that help families overcome poverty.  It will be available through 2-1-1 Infoline.

                                        

Asset Building Launch November 7, 2013

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Link to the agenda and associated materials

 

launch.jpgConnecticut Asset Building Collaborative Launch an Outstanding Success!

An essential ingredient in improving economic security for Connecticut families is building assets, including savings, housing, and business ownership.  Connecticut Voices for Children, along with the Connecticut Association for Human Services, Strategic Directions and the United Way of Greater New Haven, joined by a Steering Committee of many others, are proud to have been key to a successful launch of an ongoing statewide collaborative working on asset building issues and policies.  We’ve posted several handouts and presentations from the event below.

The November 7th event attracted over 120 participants, including public officials, bankers, funders, service providers, advocates and consumers, who spent the morning listening to panels, presentations and speakers before engaging in small group roundtables and discussions.  The day led off with remarks from Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier and a welcome from Dr. Esther Howe, Associate Dean of the School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University. 

This was followed by a panel of consumers who spoke about their experiences trying to build their financial worth.  This panel was followed by a keynote speech from Jonathan Mintz, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and Co-Chair of Cities for Financial Empowerment.  After an introduction from our event sponsor, Citi Community Development, Commissioner Mintz spoke about the experiences of New York City and how investing in asset building efforts on the front end saved public sector funds at the same time as building individual capability and self-reliance.  The Commissioner also spoke about the ability to get a range of partners, including from the private sector, invested in the work.

The next section, “State of Assets in Connecticut,” was led off by a presentation from Ethan Geiling of CFED with a national perspective on asset building policies and a look at strengths and weaknesses in Connecticut’s asset policies.  Orlando Rodriguez of CT Voices then presented an overview of Connecticut data on poverty, racial isolation and youth unemployment, with a call to build incomes and reduce disparities to help build family assets.  This was followed by a panel of leaders of state and provider agencies discussing how a Connecticut collaborative might be able to address some of the issues presented. 

After a welcome by lunch sponsor Liberty Bank and comments from New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., participants joined regional groups to discuss how they might better work together locally.

For more information, see these selected handouts from the presenters: