Financial Stability

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WE FIGHT FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY

Financial stability is a key component to living a better life. With over 50% of the Central Florida population falling into the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed) category, financial stability can be next to impossible to achieve when living paycheck-to-paycheck. United Way leveraged $18.7 million to help families and individuals focus on the five building blocks of financial stability: sustainable employment, income supports, affordable housing, manageable budget and increasing assets and savings. Heart of Florida United Way served 82,742 Central Floridians last year through financial stability programs.

UNITED WAY MANAGED PROGRAMS

  • 12,963 Central Floridians received free, in-person tax preparation assistance with an IRS-trained volunteer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)sites, AARP locations or filed online using MyFreeTaxes.com.
  • 1,391 low-to-moderate income households received tax refunds by claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) through United Way’s financial stability coalition.
  • 182 families with 227 school-age children received resources and case management to avoid foreclosure or eviction through the Siemer Institute for Family Stability. By helping families become financially stable, students were able to stay in their school and focus on their education.

UNITED WAY FUNDED PROGRAMS FAST FACTS

  • 30,847 Central Floridians participated in certified training programs, obtained public/employer benefits, gained knowledge from financial education training, and built savings and other assets
  • 87% improved their employability skills
  • 100% accessed public and/or employer benefits to increase income
  • 95% obtained or maintained affordable housing
  • 90% increased financial literacy
  • 97% acquired assets such as a savings account

FINANCIAL STABILITY PARTNER AGENCIES

Heart of Florida United Way has partnered with non-profit agencies across Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to ensure families and individuals have the tools they need to be financially stable. It is only by working united that Central Floridians will be able to live a better life.

  • The Christian Sharing Center
  • Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C)
  • Early Learning Coalition of Seminole
  • IMPOWER, Inc.
  • Lighthouse Central Florida
  • Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corp.
  • Osceola Council on Aging
  • United Against Poverty