Call-To-Action: Exploring Solutions for Affordable Housing in Alameda County, an AC CAN Quarterly Stakeholder Convening

As the housing crisis intensifies in the Bay Area, financial coaches, social workers, and other income and asset building service providers have found the focus of their work changing.  Clients are more than just housing ‘cost-burdened,’ (spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing), they are often spending more than 50 or 60 percent of their income on a place to live, leaving them with very little money to budget, save, and pay off debt.  The focus moves from planning for the future to finding stability in the current moment.
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AC CAN Member News

Volunteers Needed to Support Youth
Youth interns at WOW Farm aren’t just learning about agriculture and entrepreneurship: they are preparing for their futures. Boost their confidence by volunteering at a mock job interview event.

August 27th, 11am (Saturday)
To sign up email: trish@gametheoryacademy.org

Npower is accepting applications for their upcoming TechCareer Accelerator program at the College of Alameda.  In this free program young adults and veterans can earn several tech credentials and receive training and support in job search skills. Learn more about the program and apply here. 

Alameda County Food Bank is Getting Out the Vote
The Food Bank has scheduled several non-partisan “train-the-trainer” sessions for volunteers, community organizations, staff and Community members who might be interested in supporting this effort.  Training offered on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 11, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Noon)
  • Friday, August 19, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Noon)
  • Monday, August 22, 6:00-7:00 pm*
  • Saturday, August 27, 10:30-11:30 am*
  • Wednesday, August 31,  5:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 1, 12:00 (Noon)-1:00 pm

All trainings will be held at the Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, except those marked with an asterisk.  For off-site locations and to sign up, contact Shanti Prasad, Senior Policy Advocate at sprasad@accfb.org, 510.635.366.  ext. 307.


News from the Field 

Department of Labor Making Grants Available to Develop Portable 
Retirement Savings for Low-Wage Workers

The Labor Department is announcing a new grant program to help workers – especially low-wage workers – adapt to the changing nature of America’s workplace through retirement savings benefits. Our Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program is designed to help workers who traditionally lack access to employer-provided retirement benefits, including independent contractors, or those less likely to have income from pensions or assets. Applications due by Aug 26, 2016.

The economy may have ‘recovered’ but have low income communities and communities of color noticed?
As of June the nation had a 4.9% unemployment rate, a rate which many economists argue is equivalent to full employment. Yet, most Americans still see today’s economy as fair to poor. Examining this tension between economic indicators and the sentiments of so many Americans, we have identified three factors that contribute to the strong feeling of economic insecurity seven years into the economic recovery. Read more


Jobs 

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

International Rescue Committee – Economic Empowerment Specialist 

National CAPACD – Asset Building Policy Fellow

CFED – Program Manager, Savings and Financial Capability

CFED – Project Director, Taxpayer Opportunity Network

CFED – Legislative Analyst