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May 2018 Newsletter

RAISE Texas News

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary with May Membership Discounts!

We have been highlighting the accomplishments of RAISE Texas each month but it is important to be clear that we are truly celebrating 10 years of the RAISE Texas Network…a statewide network of non-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, and public institutions that we are proud to work with every day. We have accomplished a great deal toward making Texas a financially inclusive state, but there is much more work to be done. This year, we hope YOU will join RAISE Texas as a paid member and help us to expand high impact, large-scale asset-building products, programs and policies aimed at enhancing the savings culture in Texas. We can do it…TOGETHER! Join today and save up to 20% with the May Membership discounts!

2011 was a busy year for RAISE Texas…Do YOU remember these events?

Texas News

AFC® Distance Learning Program (online) Coming Up in Summer 2018- Register Now!

Looking to take your Financial Counseling/Coaching skills to the next level? Become an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®)!

The AFC® is housed through AFCPE: www.afcpe.org/

To obtain the AFC® there is an educational requirement, which you can receive through the AFC® Distance Learning Program (online) by Texas Tech University. Summer 2018, Texas Tech will be offering online courses that satisfy the educational requirement for the AFC® exam. You can complete the courses in 8 weeks. Deadline to register is May 20th (there are future class dates). To learn more about costs (we do offer group rates) and to register, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Wilson at jennifer.wilson@ttu.edu

New Economic Opportunity Assessment Shows Strength and Challenges of Dallas Economy

A new study released today by Communities Foundation of Texas shows that there are clear connections between racial segregation, educational attainment, access to credit, and household income in Dallas County. By 2050, 88 percent of Dallas County’s projected 3.3 million residents will be people of color, and children of color already represent 83 percent of all young people in Dallas County. While Dallas’ rapidly expanding population is one of the region’s greatest assets, people of color face persistent barriers to economic opportunity in Dallas with large disparities in education, employment, income, health outcomes and opportunities. The Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment is a new comprehensive analysis of the region’s economic opportunity, commissioned by Communities Foundation of Texas. The Center for Public Policy Priorities researched the Assessment which seeks to illustrate the challenges and define the underlying factors that threaten economic prosperity in the Dallas area.

CitiesSpeak Blog Post Highlights Texas Cities’ Efforts to Expand Economic Mobility

The final blog post highlighting recommendations from the National League of Cities’ Task Force report focuses on five ways cities can build a financially inclusive city. We were proud to see two Texas cities- Houston and Dallas- had efforts highlighted in this blog. One recommendation the report made was “Assess and restructure city’s strategies for collecting debt from residents.” The City of Houston implemented the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment Through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) program where the city identified residents behind on their water utilities payments and connected them to financial counseling and restructured payment plans. This program helped reduce the number of water utility shut-offs, reduced outstanding debt and increased revenue. The City of Dallas was also mentioned under the recommendation to “limit predatory financial practices through local ordinances”. The City of Dallas passed two ordinances that limited where payday loan storefront can open in city limits and required these lenders to register with special use permits. Click here to read more about the efforts of Texas cities and other ways that cities can boost financial capability for families.

CPPP is looking for a Policy Analyst- Apply Today!
Center for Public Policy Priorities is looking for a Policy Analyst to help their Economic Opportunity Team use data and analysis to develop and advocate for policies in Texas that ensure well-funded K-12 schools, expand access to higher education, promote good jobs that pay a living wage, and help families save. The deadline to apply for this position is May 18. Click here for the full job description.

National News

Webinar to help your community get ready for hurricanes

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division are hosting a hurricane preparedness webinar on May 8, 2018 from 1:30-2:30pm CT. This webinar, Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field, will share information from local and national leaders to help attendees build resilience for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season. Click here to register for this webinar.

Webinar to apply financial coaching principles to workforce development programs

The Financial Clinic will be hosting a webinar on May 15th at 12:00pm CT to discuss “How to Apply Financial Coaching Principles to Your Workforce Development Program.” Click here to for more information and to register for this event today!

Register TODAY for Credit Builder Alliance’s Upcoming Events
  • 2018 Credit Building Symposium: Building Bridges
    Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:00 AM - Friday, June 29, 2018 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Register HERE
  • Master Trainer Certification Program training.
    Now accepting applications for our September 19-20, 2018: Denver, CO training. Click here to learn more! A limited number of scholarships will be provided through the generous support of Capital One.
New America Explains How States Can Reform College Savings
New America’s article, How Can States Seize the Moment and Reform College Savings, explains how the recent tax overhaul could negatively impact the opportunity to help children attend college. The concern is that tax subsidies will reinforce unequal access to higher education now that 529 funds can be used towards private school tuition. But, states have the opportunity to reform college savings. Click here to read the possibilities states have to deliver efficient support for families.