CT ABC Peer Learning Events: This year we have organized two, well-attended peer learning events. At our January event Jonathan Morduch of NYU presented his ground-breaking 'financial diaries' research. He described how low and moderate income families experience 'spikes and dips' in income, and need tools and products to help them not only build assets for the long term, but also to save for the short and medium term to weather the dips. See more here about his work. Then, at our February event, our colleagues from CAHS along with guests from CT Jumpstart, the CT Alliance for for Basic Human Needs (CABHN) and AARP discussed the legislative process and specific policy proposals. Stay tuned for news about our next peer learning session, likely to take place during April.
Tax time isn't over yet! We know that tax time is crucially important for many poor families given the injection of cash they can get from the EITC. Families earning less than $62,000 can file their taxes for free at VITA sites all over Connecticut. See here for a list of VITA sites statewide.
Helpful links and list serves: If you don't already have enough information flooding into your inbox (or perhaps you just want to make sure that what comes in is worth reading), consider signing up for updates from one or all of the following. They all provide succinct and timely information, directly relevant to our asset building work. Click on the links to find out more and sign up!
- The Assets and Opportunity network, associated with the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) analyzes and shares data and stories from practitioners to raise awareness of asset-building issues and improve programs and policies that help low- and moderate-income families build financial security.
- Access to Financial Security for all is associated with the national research and action institute, PolicyLink, and seeks to advance equity by addressing wealth inequality, the racial wealth gap, and family financial security for all.
- If you sign up for the weekly FaIV, associated with the Financial Access Initiative, you'll get a tidy email once a week with links to five particularly interesting stories relevant to asset-building.
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