Please join us on October 12, 2016 for the next Alameda County Community Asset Network (AC CAN) Stakeholder Convening.
This summer AC CAN surveyed youth workforce providers to find out if they are teaching financial education to their participants, what financial topics they value, if they introduce youth to financial accounts, and the barriers they face doing this work. We are very pleased with the results and are excited to share our findings with you.
Convening Attendees will see the high level picture of how youth workforce programs are currently approaching financial education, what we are already doing well, and where we want to improve. We will also explore the most common barriers to doing this work, and provide a variety of resources to move the work forward.
WHEN: Wednesday October 12th, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: The California Endowment, Oakland Conference Center, Laurel Room, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607
AC CAN Member News
Oakland’s Housing Crisis Is a Prescription for Sicker, Shorter Lives
The affordable housing crisis is causing a healthcare crisis in the East Bay, and Oakland is the epicenter. That’s according to Dr. Muntu Davis, the director of the Alameda County Public Health Department, a member of AC CAN.
Davis presented the results of a recently conducted survey of Alameda County health workers about the housing challenges faced by their clients: thousands of low-income, senior, and disabled people, many who are Oakland renters. According to the survey, thousands of renters are over-crowding into unsafe housing units. Many Oakland residents are now paying a majority of their income on rent. Evictions, displacement, and homelessness are rising. Children’s educations are being interrupted by frequent moves. Commutes are becoming longer. Social networks and family ties are fraying and breaking. Collective stress is boiling over.
Civic Engagement and the Affordable Housing Crisis
On September 23rd, The San Francisco Foundation is hosting a conversation on Civic Engagement and the Affordable Housing Crisis in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area faces an unprecedented crisis in affordable housing and residential displacement in all five counties served by The San Francisco Foundation.
In the face of injustices and of economic and social dislocation, which way should the Bay Area turn? What can any of us do to make things better? Moreover, what can we do together?
Please join The San Francisco Foundation and our nonprofit colleagues to discuss this crisis, its root causes, and how we might engage collectively to address it.
Preservation Park – Sept 23
News from the Field
Funds Available for Community Listening Sessions
ALL IN Alameda County is offering small grants from $1000 to $3000 for community groups and grassroots nonprofit organizations to conduct “listening sessions” with low-income community residents about what is working in your community, and what you would like to change. Listening sessions can take place in living rooms, community centers, churches, schools, or anywhere that your community gathers. Learn more, or call 510-272-6918. Materials also available in Spanish and Chinese.
Download the flyer
Download the Listening Session Application
New this Year: FAFSA Filing Now BeginsOctober 1st
For the 2017-18 school year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will be available to file onOct 1st of this year. Also, families will file using their 2015 tax returns. Help families you work with learn about the change and share FAFSA filing materials with them –Federal Student Aid Resources for the 2017–18 FAFSA
It’s Time for VITA Staff to Get Ready
For several months, VITA programs have had access to an online tax year 2015 practice version of TaxSlayer. Also, IRS and TaxSlayer have offered training – both webinars and training videos. All of this is available on the Practice Lab site. (The universal password isTRAINPROWEB.) If you haven’t gone to this Practice Lab and pounded out a few returns and watched some of the videos, it’s time to get started.
The biggest difference between TaxWise and Tax Slayer is that TaxWise is based on tax forms and worksheets, while TaxSlayer is interview based.
- TaxWise – Taxpayer information is entered on a tax form or worksheet. The preparer chooses an entry point by selecting a form or worksheet – generally from an onscreen list (the tree) or by linking from another tax form or worksheet.
- TaxSlayer – Taxpayer information, in most cases, is entered by answering questions or selecting an item from a list offered by TaxSlayer. Rather than choosing what to enter next, a preparer continues through a path of questions, entry points, and choices offered by the software.
The Unity Council – Financial Opportunities Specialist (Coach)
California Budget and Policy Center – Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst
Community Financial Resources – Partner Relationship Manager: Western Region
Lao Family Community Development – Computer Lab Instructor/Coordinator
Lao Family Community Development – Career Coach/Case Manager
Lao Family Community Development – Job Developer/Workforce Development Specialist
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation –
Financial Services Coordinator – Havenscourt Schools @ Lion Creek Crossings
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 [email protected] or reply to this email.