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NYT Magazine Highlights LISC’s Twin Accounts Program

The New York Times Magazine highlights LISC’s Twin Accounts program in the article: “How Credit Card Debt Helps the Poor.” Without access to credit, low-income working families face limited economic opportunity. Landlords, employers, and insurance companies look at credit scores as part of their decision making process. Individuals with low credit scores lack access to quality rentals, are unqualified for certain jobs, and are required to pay deposits for utilities. The LISC supported Centers for Working Families work with people to get jobs, reduce debt, and build savings. One of its most important services is helping people gain access to … Continued

The State of Financial Security of Hoosier Families

The Centers for Working Families is LISC’s platform in lifting up low-income families out of poverty and into the economic mainstream by helping families increase earnings and develop assets. The CWF program was featured as part of a guest blog on the Institute for Working Families website to show the need for both private and public sectors to come together and restore economic mobility to Hoosier families. From the Institute for Working Families Blog: GUEST BLOG: New Scorecard Confirms Nearly Half of Hoosiers in a Persistent State of Financial Insecurity By Anne Guthrie: Anne is the Center for Working Families (CWF) … Continued

Centers for Working Families Launches Website

The Centers for Working Families (CWF) program, with the help of The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has launched its new website: Designed to educate, create awareness, and enlist CWF support, the site focuses on program components and the impact it’s having on participants. CWF has seven locations throughout the city providing career and personal financial services that focus on the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. This means changing people’s financial behavior in a way that encourages them to make a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses, and acquiring assets. “CICF is … Continued

Neighborhood Visionary: Terri Garcia

Education. Jobs. Affordable housing. These are just some of the things Southeast Community Services and Executive Director Terri Garcia bring to the Near Southeast side of Indianapolis. And for Terri it’s not just a job: it’s a labor of love. “I truly enjoy bringing positive change to Indianapolis’s Near Southeast side. And positive change in this community starts with education. But even though educating people is the foundation of our success stories, we don’t force it on people. We give our residents the tools they need to get educated; they have to take it upon themselves to use them.” A … Continued