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Leading Practices

Leading Practices

Each respondent had the opportunity to share any new products, programs, partnerships, or strategies that their organization has adopted or developed since August 2015, which have been helpful in addressing community needs. The quotes below are a selection of these thoughts in their own words.


“Foreclosure prevention program in D.C. includes partnership with court system with housing counselors in court for all hearings and judges implore summoned homeowners to meet with housing counselors.”

Social Services or Public Health Agency


“We got an agreement with the District Government Employees FCU to provide small dollar loans for citizenship applicants. The program is very successful. We continue our successful AmeriCorps Program addressing financial education for Lawful Permanent Residents in Maryland. We have recently got a grant to run the same program in Northern Virginia.”

—Nonprofit Community Organization


"We have a new partnership with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board to provide financial capability coaching and education to customers at their youth and young adult center in Raleigh. Many of these young people, ages 16–24 who are not in school and are unemployed, have never had jobs. With their first paycheck, preparation for handling their money is an important step toward financial stability over their lifetime.”

—Urban/MSA Community Development Nonprofit

“In 2017, United Way of North Carolina will provide the Self-Sufficiency Standard and Economic Security Pathway reports for the state of North Carolina. This research calculates a living wage for multiple family components for every county in North Carolina, along with data on education costs, savings necessary for retirement, and asset building for purchasing a home. This data will help to tell the story of communities statewide so our work is framed on facts and we are able to determine the gaps between those who depend on private or public funding to live and those who do not. Not a solution in and of itself, the Standard will lead to strategic discussion around making choices about your vocation, why education post high school can help you achieve a specific standard of living, and how to equip yourself with knowledge on becoming financially stable, while planning for the future. We are excited to launch this data in mid-February and make it available to all our partners statewide.”

—Philanthropic Organization


“Our organization has been convening groups to help move the community forward. One direct result is the first new ‘School Boat’ in 50 years to transport children to school from an inland island only accessible by boat. … Now that a new, safe boat is in place, the school district, the county and the Regional Council of Governments are partnering to provide transportation daily for the residents of the island who are not school aged children. There has never been any kind of public transportation provided to the island until now! … Although it only affects a small (125 residents) rural, inaccessible community — it is a HUGE step in getting the community to work together.”

—Philanthropic Organization


“We have branched into food security by providing weekly backpacks to over 600 students in all the elementary schools in Wythe and Bland counties through a major grant from a local community foundation. We are now pursuing funding to take a two-day per week soup kitchen to 5 days, with a new commercial kitchen to be built in the local farmers market, providing healthy food in a ‘pay what you can’ setting, while utilizing high school students in culinary arts as some volunteer labor.”

—Rural Community Development Nonprofit

“We are developing an informational program for low-income residents and others on terms and concepts of planning and development. At the request of public housing residents, this short course will include an engaged curriculum around zoning, special use permits, density planning, redevelopment, chain of decision making, etc. There is great concern by low-income residents about gentrification, particularly around the University area. They want to be better prepared to be a part of the discussion and dialogue.”

—Academia or Policy Center


“We have developed a ‘dilapidated building forgivable loan program’ as a test program to create an incentive to business owners to purchase and redevelop some downtown buildings. The loan may be forgiven if they renovate the building and locate a business there that creates at least 2 full-time permanent jobs.”

—Local Economic Development Authority

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