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Our Basic Needs Are Met

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An Estimated

12%

Of Travis County Residents LIVE IN POVERTY

LOCAL EFFORTS

  • United Way for Greater Austin manages a 2-Gen Initiative aimed at ending the cycle of poverty by promoting policies/programs to improve workforce skills of parents while also offering high quality early education to their children.  United Way, an advisory council and a stakeholder group are working to develop a strategic plan to guide this work.
  • Reducing poverty requires a better understanding of who is most impacted. In 2017, Travis County Health & Human Services, Research & Planning published an in-depth analysis of poverty in our community.
  • The CAN Community Council published the report A Closer Look at Child Poverty following a year-long focus on better understanding: barriers/challenges faced by these families; and local efforts to help these families build a better future.
  • Bank on Central Texas is a community initiative led by United Way for Greater Austin to help more people find and sign up for bank accounts, by bringing together financial institutions, service providers, local government agencies and community organizations.  Other Financial Stability programs offered by  United Way for Greater Austin include financial literacy classes and savings programs .
  • Financial Fitness Greater Austin (FFGA) is an education and awareness initiative in partnership with the Alliance for Economic Inclusion, Senator Kirk Watson and more than 60 entities in the Greater Austin area. The goal of FFGA is to provide financial awareness and information to the Greater Austin community and emphasize the importance of financial literacy and the need for consumers to be proactive about managing their finances.
  • Access to good paying jobs is one way to turn the curve on this indicator. The dashboard page on unemployment identifies local efforts to help people gain skills, training and access to better paying jobs.