CFPB Director Cordray Listens to Oakland Residents

AC CAN was happy to attend a Town Hall Meeting where Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), came to Oakland to listen to residents of Oakland and the Bay Area share stories of stories of struggling with predatory financial services.  The event was organized by Housing Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), an AC CAN member organization, and a number of AC CAN member organizations addressed the Director to tell him about significant financial issues experienced in the Bay Area, including Community Financial Resources, Community Development Finance, MyPath, and Opportunity Fund.  AC CAN’s latest blog post details the event using social media.
Read the blog post 

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.

AC CAN Member News

Payday and Car Title loans trap some low-income families in a cycle of debt.  The CFPB has issued draft rules to control payday and car title loans, and it is crucial that they hear from our communities on if these rules are strong enough to protect us.  California Reinvestment Coalition shares a fact sheet on the impact of payday and car title loans in California.    Payday lenders are daily collecting quotes and stories in their stores to support weakening the rules, so it’s vital that the CFPB also hears from those who are hurt by these kinds of loans and want rules to remain strong.  California Reinvestment Coalition encourage individuals and organizations to contribute their comments on the CFPB proposal.  Send your comments here.
Read short fact sheet about the CFPB proposed rules.  


News from the Field 

Looking for ways to reach more clients? Try online with NerdWallet.

NerdWallet is a website that gives consumers clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. The majority of NerdWallet’s users are financially savvy. NerdWallet wants to do more for low and moderate-income (LMI) communities. They just started a team dedicated to creating unique products and experiences for LMI communities and the people that work with them. They are trying to solve a big problem that low to moderate-income communities face: payday lending. According to the Pew Charitable Trust, up to 50% of all payday loans now originate online. NerdWallet is building an online platform to help people find small-dollar loans and local financial assistance by simply trying their zip code. NerdWallet’s strength is in the online space so they are working to drive folks away from online payday lenders. Their goal is to provide better alternatives to those who may be considering payday loans.
AC CAN has recently decided to list our Asset Building Resource Directory on NerdWallet’s online platform. We would like to extend to you the opportunity to also list your financial resources and services on the platform. If you are interested and want more information, contact Fisayo Ositelu at Fisayo@nerdwallet.com 415-549-8922.
You can also visit NerdWallet’s platform yourself with this link.

Join Rise Together for a Webinar on Reducing Poverty and Improving
Lives through Top Tier Impact Evaluations

This 30-minute webinar, with 30-minutes of Q&A, aims to provide an overview of The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and share information about their available resources for organizations interested in “top tier” evaluation, in-depth research support, and continuous evaluation and improvement. LEO’s current evaluations span a wide range of policy areas, including education, health, housing, employment, criminal justice, and other aspects of economic opportunity. Partnerships are considered on a case by case basis; LEO considers program, research, and impact-related criteria.
Register for the webinar, which will be held on August 25, 2016, 10:00 – 11:00am

A new 5-county survey from the San Francisco Foundation
on 
race, equity and inclusion in the Bay Area

“The rising tide is not lifting all boats,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation. “Despite historic levels of prosperity, we are seeing widening inequality, increasing poverty, and declines in upward economic mobility. As a region we cannot afford to continue to leave so many people behind if we hope to achieve sustainable prosperity. The good news is that Bay Area residents understand how important racial and economic inclusion is as a core value of our region, and also as an economic and social engine for our long-term success.”

The Social Innovation Fund’s Round 2: 2016 Pay for Success Funding Competition

Before the end of this year, the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will invest up to $7.3 million to accelerate the development of Pay for Success.
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.The three main issue areas include: youth, economic opportunity and healthy futures.
The Notice of Intent deadline is August 31, 2016 and the Application deadline is September 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
To read or download a copy of the Notice, click here,which provides additional information about this grant competition and instructions on how to apply.

Grant opportunity for Oakland middle schools, high schools, and non-profits

The LISC/ESPN Pilot Home Court Program is a collaboration between ESPN and LISC that provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local basketball courts in selected markets. Basketball courts can serve as tremendous community assets because they offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation that contribute to the local health and quality of life, especially for young people. For more information, please see the Program Description
The RFP is open to middle schools, high schools, and non-profit organizations in Oakland. Proposals are due October 14, 2016.


Jobs

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation –
Financial Services Coordinator – Havenscourt Schools @ Lion Creek Crossings 

National CAPACD – Asset Building Policy Fellow

CFED – Program Manager, Savings and Financial Capability

CFED – Project Director, Taxpayer Opportunity Network

CFED – Legislative Analyst