A Message of Thanks and Preparation from AC CAN

On the week of Thanksgiving, AC CAN would like to take a moment to thank our member organizations for all of their hard work this year to support low-income communities in increasing their incomes and building their assets. AC CAN member organizations and agencies do a diverse range of work along the Income and Asset Development Continuum from supporting incomes by helping families claim the EITC and Child Tax Credits they are entitled to, to helping people turn income into assets through developing small businesses or going to college, to preserving assets through legal support, and advocating for more income and assets through local and state campaigns.

We proudly recognize the work that you do and the vial support that you provide to low-income individuals, families, and communities in our region.

We also want to recognize that in light of the outcomes of the national elections, and what will come after, our work next year is likely to be profoundly impacted.  AC CAN is already working on ways to respond to the coming changes in the income and asset development field and how to support and inform you in your work next year.

We hope that you will take some time between now and the start of the new year to be with those you love, feel the variety of emotions that are running high right now, and build up your strength for the fight.  Next year, many of the achievements we have made in this field will be threatened, and the vulnerable communities we serve will be under attack, indeed, are already under attack.

AC CAN will be here to continue to support you and your organizations as we work harder than ever to protect assets, income, and rights in these uncertain times.


AC CAN Member News

Take the next 30 seconds to learn about AC CAN Member EARN’s new fintech product that won the Center for Financial Service Innovation’s Financial Solutions Lab competition this year
Watch the video now!


News from the Field 

Participate Now in the Community Tax Prep Census!

If you run a VITA, TCE or other community tax preparation site, the Taxpayer Opportunity Network is asking for your help.
Please take this short, 5-10 minute census and share with your networks by November 25.

WHO: We ask that one person from each community tax program, possibly the tax site coordinator or director, complete it.

WHAT: The Census is a short, 5-10 minute survey to capture data on community tax programs. Insights from the Census will provide greater clarity into the depth and breadth of VITA programs across the nation, and inform our efforts to provide support to, resources for and advocacy on behalf of VITA programs nationally.

WHEN: The Census will close on November 25.

WHY: The Taxpayer Opportunity Network empowers communities to provide quality tax assistance to low- and moderate-income families through tax programs like yours. This short census will help to demonstrate the size, scope and collective impact of our field to educate funders and other key stakeholders, and inform national efforts to connect, support and advocate on behalf of community tax programs.
Click here to participate now!

Do You Want to be a First Time Home Buyer?

Are you interested in buying a home in the Bay Area?
Join A-1 Community Housing Services to learn how to become a successful homeowner in the Bay Area.
When: Saturday December 10, 2016

Find more information here

The workshop will cover strategies for success on the following:
 Credit reports and credit scoring
 Improving your credit
 How to shop and qualify for a mortgage loan
 Budgeting
 Current market conditions
 Get pre-qualified for the mortgage
 Available down payment assistance programs and much more
 Bring all your questions professionals on site will be happy to assist you with resources and the information you need.

Become a Best Babies Zone

The Best Babies Zone Technical Assistance Center (BBZ TAC) is seeking applications for the enrollment of two (2) teams in a new cohort of three (3) Best Babies Zone implementation communities. Selected applicants will serve as backbone organizations to promote community-driven, multi-sector work addressing the social and structural determinants of inequitable birth outcomes.
Click here for more information and to apply

Financial Education Curriculum Webinar

Community Financial Protection Bureau shares a webinar demonstrating some of the free financial education resources available to providers.

Watch the webinar here 

The Bureau has also produced a series of webinars on other financial capability topics

See the entire list of webinars here


Jobs 

National CAPACD – Asset Building Program Coordinator 

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing – Executive Director 

CFPB – Paid internships for college students

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation –SparkPoint Oakland Manager  

 


We Want to Hear from You!

If your organization is holding an event, offering a new program, releasing a report, or hiring – let us know.
We’ll be glad to share info with other AC CAN members and supporters all over the Bay Area.

Send info and flyers to rosalyne@urbanstrategies.org or reply to this email.