Economic Self-Sufficiency

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The Yolo Center for Families’ Economic Self-Sufficiency program is a comprehensive, integrated economic initiative designed to bring families out of poverty and maintain financial independence. Our program focuses on strengthening participants’ families, their children’s future, and the community as a whole. Many community members come to The Yolo Center for Families requesting assistance with poverty-related issues, and our staff work directly with them to access programs and benefits such as health insurance, food stamps, housing assistance, and other safety net services. While helping people access these services is a critical service, the program’s design is to help families develop the skills and assets necessary to be economically self-reliant. At the core of these efforts is our financial coaching, where participants receive assistance with budgeting, credit repair, saving, and financial planning. A key service has been the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which provides free income tax returns for moderate to low income community members.

Community Impact

  • Under a Capital Region United Way Income Impact program, we provide free financial literacy classes to over 250 participants at 15 locations in Yolo County.
  • Under the VITA program, staff and volunteers complete over 400 free tax returns for a total yearly savings of nearly $800,000 – most of which is used in the surrounding community. In 2012, The Yolo Center for Families was presented with the IRS Award of Excellence for the Volunteer Return Preparation Site of the Year.

Program Success Monitored By

We survey program participants who report improvements in their finances, including higher credit scores, increased savings, and a better general financial outlook.

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