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.

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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.

 

Financial Re$ources for Immigrants and Low Income Families

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Low income families, especially immigrants, are the target of unprecedented federal actions that threaten their economic security in the short and long term.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 1, 2017  to learn how we can connect these families to real money and other resources, safely, to help them prepare for future emergencies or meet present needs, including:

  • Tax refunds like the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), and Child Care Tax Credit,
  • Federal and state safety net benefits such as food stamps and cash assistance programs like CalWORKs, and
  • Banking tools to receive refunds and cash assistance safely and without expensive check cashing and overdraft fees.

Experts from the National Immigration Law Center, International Rescue Committee, and Bay Area Legal Aid, among others will answer your questions about the value of these resources, eligibility criteria for immigrants and others, and any changes we should expect from executive actions.

Join CRC members and allies, United Way affiliates, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) providers, banks, social services agencies, and others to discuss how we can work together to help families secure critical resources safely.

Click here to register.

Time and Date: March 1, 2017, from 8:30 to 11:00 AM PST

Location: Alameda County Social Services Agency Eden Multi-Service Center

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