Financial Resources for Immigrants and Low Income Families

It’s unfortunate, but true: new federal actions are threatening the economic security of low-income families across the country.

Several California community organizations responded to this new threat by hosting an event last week for nonprofits that serve low-income families.  Speakers focused on how front-line staff members at nonprofits can work with families to connect them to money and other resources to help prepare for future emergencies- or to meet present needs.

Tickets for the event, held at the Alameda County Social Services Agency, were sold out.

Experts from the National Immigration Law Center, International Rescue Committee and Bay Area Legal Aid answered questions about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the new California Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Tax Credit, and other safety net benefits.

EITC

Participants learned how to help their clients use and apply for ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) to receive tax refunds, about the many different public benefits and their eligibility requirements

In addition, at another panel, representatives from banks discussed account options for families to receive refunds and other cash assistance safely- without expensive check cashing or overdraft fees.

The California Reinvestment Coalition partnered with the United Ways of California, Alameda County Community Asset Network, and the Alameda County Social Services Agency to hold the event. CRC is grateful to our co-sponsors, the presenters, Y & H Soda Foundation which helped fund the event, and the attendees who made the event a success.

 

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