The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

My son’s a ‘cap baby’ — that means I’m just getting cash assistance for me and my daughter only. The state will only
support one kid. Why should we have to suffer, the people that have two kids? They think we’re playing games, but no, we just really need the help.

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy training helps prepare individuals to make sound financial decisions when faced with multiple financial responsibilities and very limited income. In addition to training, the Urban Affairs Coalition offers financial support groups (called FAN Clubs) individuals interested in improving their money management habits, getting their finances under control, and meeting their financial goals.

Current Issue

Although financial education is a proven way of helping families stretch limited resources, it is not routinely offered to families navigating the welfare system.  Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare could offer financial literacy training to TANF recipients and help connect them to banking and other saving opportunities.

 

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