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(WEBINAR) Work Requirements Don't Work: What's At Stake & What Can We Do?

March 21, 2018

This webinar outlined the current and potential threats to basic assistance programs with a specific focus on work requirements; provided an on-the-ground perspective about how imposing work requirements in exchange for basic supports will hurt low-income individuals and especially people of color; and shared communications tools and tactics for how to reframe the work requirements narrative and advocate for positive strategies to end chronic unemployment and poverty.Moderator: Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity Panelists: Elizabeth Lower-Basch of Center on Law and Social Policy, Ronald Johnson of Heartland Alliance Health, and Rebecca Vallas of Center for American Progress 

Safety Net & Human Services

Putting People at the Center: The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

August 2, 2017

These are the slides for the webinar "Putting People at the Center: The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration" held August 1, 2017. The goal of this webinar was to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. It also explored the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and processes driving policy change in criminal justice reforms related to employment, housing, and other collateral consequences of incarceration.The group of panelists included Marlon Chamberlain with FORCE Organizer at the Community Renewal Society, Glenn E. Martin from JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), Michelle Natividad Rodriguezfrom the National Employment Law Project (NELP), and Quintin Williams with Heartland Alliance.

Human Rights & Justice

Starting Strong for Community Health! Connecting the Unbanked to Coverage

October 28, 2013

This presentation explains the unique barriers to health insurance that exist for the unbanked in Illinois and what options exist for assisting this population as they seek to get covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Learning Objectives:Understand why people are unbanked and the unique challenges they faceExplore the payment methods available for people paying for their health insurance premium on the Illinois Health Insurance MarketplaceLearn about resources to help residents become banked

Asset Building & Financial Security; Healthcare; Poverty

Breaking Down Prepaid Cards: Heartland Alliance Webinar

May 21, 2013

Prepaid cards are everywhere, but unlike debit cards linked to a checking account there are no formal federal regulations to protect consumers' funds. Consumers and organizations have difficulty accurately evaluating their real-world costs because many prepaid cards have hidden fees with confusing disclosure forms. This webinar will provide clarity on prepaid cards, the regulations which govern them, and the direction of the industry.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty

Building an AFI IDA Program for Your Organization

May 6, 2013

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are savings programs that allow low-income populations to receive a cash match on their savings, for investing in a home, education, business, or other wealth-building assets. This webinar introduces the basics of planning an IDA program, including gauging demand, recruiting partners, and finding funding.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty; Safety Net & Human Services

Building an IDA Program for Your Organization: Catholic Charities

March 6, 2013

This presentation explains Catholic Charities' work with Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty; Safety Net & Human Services

Credit Building as Asset Building

November 25, 2012

This presentation describes the activities of Justine PETERSEN, whose mission is to to connect low- and moderate-income families with institutional resources in order to build financial assets and create enduring change.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty; Safety Net & Human Services

Exploring the Racial Wealth Gap: Financial Well-Being and Opportunities in Illinois - Preliminary Findings

November 16, 2012

The disparities in assets and ownership between communitiies of color and whites are a systemic problem. African-American, Latinos, and other communitiies of color have been consistently denied access to wealth building opportunities leading to negative consequences for individuals, families, and society. This session will define the racial wealth gap, how it is measured, and how groups across the country are closing the gap. We will also examine Illinois credit score data as a startling example of racial wealth inequality.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Human Rights & Justice; Poverty

Demystifying Prepaid Cards

November 16, 2012

Prepaid cards are increasingly being marketed to unbanked and underbanked consumers. However, many of these cards are not regulated by consumer protection laws. This session will provide an overview of prepaid cards, the problematic features and negative impact they have on low-income populations, and how one community organization is currently using a prepaid card with its participants.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty

Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit

November 16, 2012

This presentation discusses the implication of recent and proposed tax reforms.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty

Illinois People's Action: CAP 36

November 16, 2012

This presentation encourages legislative reforms with regards to payday loans and interest rates.

Asset Building & Financial Security

Building Organizational Capacity for Asset Building

November 16, 2012

The goals for this presentation are to answer the following questions: Why is it essential to collaborate within your organization/ service area?What types of services can incorporate asset building?How can it be done?What expertise can be shared/ what needs to remain?What are the added benefits?

Asset Building & Financial Security; Poverty; Safety Net & Human Services

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