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Income Stability

United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently more than 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits.

For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.

Our Goal

United Way initiated an ambitious plan to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that we can help over a million working families get on the road to economic independence.

Our Strategy

To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the, a free, online toolbox that provides strategies to help individuials and families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals. 

In 40 ciuntries and territories, 1,800 local United Ways and their local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of individuals and families in their communities. 

Our Focus Areas

1. Family-Sustaining Employment
2. Affordable Housing 
3. Savings and Assets
4. Manageable Expenses
5. Income Supports

How You Can Help

Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.

In 2018, United Way of Santa Rosa funded the following Agencies that are Committed to Income Stability:

Bridges out of Poverty

Family Resource Program