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  • Individual Author: First Nations Development Institute
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2008

    Predatory lending practices, which increased with the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, disproportionately target Native American communities and other vulnerable populations. This report provides an overview of the predatory lending practices that have had a harmful impact on Native people and highlights the efforts of five Native Nations to fight this growing problem. (Author abstract)

    Predatory lending practices, which increased with the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, disproportionately target Native American communities and other vulnerable populations. This report provides an overview of the predatory lending practices that have had a harmful impact on Native people and highlights the efforts of five Native Nations to fight this growing problem. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Burnett, Kimberly; Woodford, Michelle; Kaul, Bulbul; St. George, Anne
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2010

    The Center for Working Families (CWF) is built on the premise that many barriers prevent low-income working families from improving their incomes, building their assets, and achieving economic security. As such, CWF sites have adopted a comprehensive service model that emphasizes three areas: employment and education services, income and work supports, and financial education and asset-building services. “Coaching” support is provided to participants by program staff who serve as financial guidance counselors or case managers.

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    This study assesses whether Center for Working Families (CWF) families experience income growth and other financial achievements – both behavioral and monetary – over the course of their participation in the program. Participants at three CWF sites are included in this study: Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland; Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the St. Louis Metropolitan Education and Training, or MET Center, in Missouri. A previous work established and analyzed participants'...

    The Center for Working Families (CWF) is built on the premise that many barriers prevent low-income working families from improving their incomes, building their assets, and achieving economic security. As such, CWF sites have adopted a comprehensive service model that emphasizes three areas: employment and education services, income and work supports, and financial education and asset-building services. “Coaching” support is provided to participants by program staff who serve as financial guidance counselors or case managers.

    ...

    This study assesses whether Center for Working Families (CWF) families experience income growth and other financial achievements – both behavioral and monetary – over the course of their participation in the program. Participants at three CWF sites are included in this study: Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland; Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the St. Louis Metropolitan Education and Training, or MET Center, in Missouri. A previous work established and analyzed participants' baseline circumstances. This brief builds on previous studies by incorporating data from a reports, administrative data from each of the sites, and other sources of information to measure participants’ progress over time by addressing several questions about financial progress. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Kaul, Bulbul; Burnett, Kimberly; St George, Anne
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2011

    The service pathways analysis examines a family’s progress along a pathway towards self-sufficiency and financial stability through employment, increasing income, and accumulation of wealth – the three pillars of the Center for Working Families (CWF) concept. This research brief presents findings based on the experiences of participants in three evaluation sites – Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNM), the Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston, Missouri (MET Center), and Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland (Bon Secours). The descriptive analysis in this brief adds analysis of student retention in school for CNM participants and earnings trends for participants at Bon Secours. New findings on services provided to participant subpopulations and their achievements are also included in this brief. (author's abstract)

    The service pathways analysis examines a family’s progress along a pathway towards self-sufficiency and financial stability through employment, increasing income, and accumulation of wealth – the three pillars of the Center for Working Families (CWF) concept. This research brief presents findings based on the experiences of participants in three evaluation sites – Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNM), the Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston, Missouri (MET Center), and Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland (Bon Secours). The descriptive analysis in this brief adds analysis of student retention in school for CNM participants and earnings trends for participants at Bon Secours. New findings on services provided to participant subpopulations and their achievements are also included in this brief. (author's abstract)

  • Individual Author: Liston, Cynthia D.; Donnan, Robert
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2012

    Casey's Center for Working Families (CWF) partnered with community college programs across the county to help low-income students access, navigate and complete their community college courses. Detailed case studies show how five of these programs are making a difference. (Author abstract)

    Casey's Center for Working Families (CWF) partnered with community college programs across the county to help low-income students access, navigate and complete their community college courses. Detailed case studies show how five of these programs are making a difference. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Schultz, Caroline; Elliot, Mark; McKernon, Signe-Mary; Lehman, Gretchen
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2016

    This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) includes presentations of findings from three programs intended to promote financial empowerment. Panelists discussed the implications of these findings for policy and practice in expanding economic opportunity.

    This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) includes presentations of findings from three programs intended to promote financial empowerment. Panelists discussed the implications of these findings for policy and practice in expanding economic opportunity.

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