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Here is just one example (from Santa Maria Community Services) of how these Centers are helping local families every day:
Sandy and Jeff Clayton both work long hours and bring home a paycheck every two weeks. Still, they were struggling to pay their bills and had been given an eviction notice from their landlord. Santa Maria enrolled them in a Tenant Education Class where they learned how to budget for their expenses. They discussed ways to reduce expenses to make sure that their rent could be paid on time each month. Santa Maria also helped Sandy and Jeff work out a payment plan for the balance of their rent. After the class, Sandy and Jeff said that their eyes had been opened—never before had they considered analyzing their income and expenses and planning ahead.
The Economic Empowerment Center (EEC), a division of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, has been providing business and financial literacy programs since 2006. This is accomplished through direct service provision and partnerships with other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the area. Programming includes Budgeting, Credit Repair, Savings & Investing, QuickBooks, and Business or Strategic Plan development.
Cincinnati Works helps willing and capable people living in poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment. Using a holistic approach, they offer access to area employers while providing comprehensive support services, which include Behavioral Counseling, Legal Advocacy, Spiritual Support, Childcare Resources and Transportation Assistance.
Brighton Center’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through support services, education and leadership. To us, self-sufficiency is taking responsibility to provide for yourself and your family using available resources.
56% of the individuals served through Brighton’s Financial Education decreased their debt by 10% and 71% increased their credit rating. They helped 99 families save their homes from foreclosure while 17 families had a favorable outcome (short sale or deed in lieu). VITA sites led by Chase College of Law served 913 families and brought back $1,561,935 to hard working families in the community.
One of our three place matters lead agencies, Santa Maria empowers Greater Price Hill families as they achieve sustainable health, housing and family life. For more than 113 years Santa Maria has helped families help themselves. The Financial Opportunity Center is a program in partnership with Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services, and in collaboration with numerous other community service providers.
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