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April 2018 Newsletter

RAISE Texas News

Do YOU want to highlight your work in an upcoming RAISE Texas Newsletter?

Here’s the scoop…RAISE Texas sends monthly e-newsletters to over 1,500 individuals and organizations across the state and nationally every month. We highlight important matters facing our field, upcoming events, policy updates, and more! Many people in our network use our e-newsletters as a resource to keep up with the ever-growing, ever-expanding field of asset building. That is why we want to highlight YOUR WORK in an upcoming issue of the newsletters!

All new or renewing RAISE Texas members in April 2018 will be entered into a drawing to share their experience, successes and story with our network. Are YOU a member? If not, join today and be entered to win the first member profile story of the year!

Celebrating 10 Years of RAISE Texas…What were YOU doing in 2010?
We were Increasing Economic Stability in Small Cities and Rural Communities, Expanding Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites and efforts with a toolkit titled, How to Start a VITA Site in your Community: Bringing More Dollars into the Local Economy While Supporting Families, Launching a new initiative with Center for Public Policy Priorities called OpportunityTexas, and we engaged Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner Leslie Pettijohn in our work. Click here for more details!

Texas News

Register now- A Grantmaker’s Guide to Investing in Impacting Financial Capability Programs Webinar

For decades, we believed in Francis Bacon's declaration that "knowledge is power" when it comes to increasing financial health. Now we have ample evidence that financial education alone is not powerful enough to change behavior. So, what works?

Join Asset Funders Network, MetLife Foundation and Common Cents Lab for a one-hour webinar, Moving Beyond Financial Education: A Grantmaker’s Guide to Investing in Impactful Financial Capability Programs, on April 11 at 12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET to learn how to identify, assess and invest in interventions that are designed intentionally to shift financial behaviors using behavioral economics principles. Register Today!

IDAs for Homeownership: Webinar on the Homebuyer Equity Leverage Partnership Program

Several IDA Programs and other organizations interested in increased homeownership have contacted RAISE Texas about potential new partnerships and funding sources to assist clients in purchasing their first home without available AFI funding or new funding. One potential existing source of funds is through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Dallas. The FHLB of Dallas is hosting a webinar on April 11, 2018 at 10:00am CT to explain their HELP Program.

FHLB Dallas’ Homebuyer Equity Leverage Partnership Program (HELP) provides down payment and closing cost assistance to low-to-moderate income, 1st time homebuyers. Through its member institutions, FHLB Dallas disburses grants on a first-come first-served basis with maximum amounts ranging from $4,500 to $8,500. The HELP program has a 2018 allocation of $2 million. Register today!

National News

Aspen Institute Releases New Primer on Consumer Debt
The Aspen Institute’s Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative (EPIC) recently released its consumer debt primer. Consumer Debt: A Primer explores the meaning of current trends in consumer debt and investigates the drivers, features and consequences of consumer debt through a thorough literature review. Click here to access the primer.