Financial Empowerment

  • Cities to Assist Families in Debt to Public Utilities

    Cities to Assist Families in Debt to Public Utilities

    NLC has launched an innovative, two-year pilot program called Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) that seeks to help low-income families pay their utility bills and achieve financial stability.

  • New Report Highlights Financial Empowerment Strategies

    Drawing on the experiences of cities across the nation, a new report published by CFED and NLC highlights six no-cost or low-cost ideas for how city officials can get started in helping more families in their community achieve financial stability.

  • Webinar Recording: FDIC Findings on the Unbanked

    The YEF Institute recently hosted a webinar about the implications of new findings from the FDIC for cities that are working to help families gain access to the financial mainstream.

  • The Go Direct® Campaign and Financial Empowerment

    The U.S. Treasury Department is phasing out paper check payments and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically. The Go Direct® campaign provides free materials and ideas to promote electronic payments.

  • San Francisco Meeting Spotlights New Municipal Financial Empowerment Strategies

    NLC recently convened national experts and representatives of 19 cities for a two-day strategy session in San Francisco focused on advancing initiatives that empower families financially in communities with varying political, economic and financial climates.

  • Cities Promote Tax-Time Saving With EITC Outreach Strategies

    In an effort to reduce the number of families who miss out on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the chance to attract untapped federal dollars into their local economies, municipal leaders are once again implementing targeted outreach strategies, hosting events and providing opportunities for free tax preparation services through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

  • Banking On Opportunity: A Scan of the Evolving Field of Bank On Initiatives

    NLC has prepared a new report under contract with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and CFED tracing the growth of the Bank On model within the broader financial access field and examining the current landscape of Bank On programs.