Goal: To cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable.
Achieving Financial Stability
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. These individuals are walking a financial tightrope — they are barely able to get by, with no ability to save for college, a home, or for retirement. With your help, United Way is working to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable.
Financial Stability Framework
The community and family issues that stem from the economic and financial pressures facing individuals and their families are growing increasingly complex and more difficult to address. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education in many areas, and skill levels have not stayed in alignment with changing industry needs. As a result, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population has an income below the federal poverty level, in spite of the fact that many are employed, some with two or three jobs.
The United Way Financial Stabillity Partnership was created to strengthen communities by identifying and tracking the underlying causes of the financial hardship facing today’s families. United Way brings together cross-sector partners to help lower-income individuals and famiiles achieve financial independence by empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to maximize their income, build savings and gain assets.
United Way of Cumberland County’s Income Funded Programs
(Supporting Basic Needs, Financial Stability & Independence for Older Adults & Persons with Disabilities)
- American Red Cross’s Disaster Services
- American Red Cross’s Services to Military Families
- Better Health’s Direct Aid (Prescription Service)
- Council on Older Adults’s Home Repair Program
- Council on Older Adults’s Information & Referral Program
- Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Nehemiah Emergency Home Repair Program
- Fort Bragg Army’s Emergency Relief Program
- Fort Bragg Army’s Family Assistance Center
- Fort Bragg Army’s Lending Closet
- Habitat for Humanity’s Affordable Housing Program
- Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
- SENC Radio Reading Service for Vision & Print Impaired
- The Salvation Army’s Emergency Assistance Program
- The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter Program
- The Salvation Army’s Love Lunch Daily Feeding Program