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Action Alert
Support the Savings for Working Families Act

 

Make your Representative aware of an easy opportunity to support IDAs: a sign-on letter in support of the Savings for Working Families Act will circulate in the House of Representatives in early 2004. Members can show their support by including their name on this letter. Don't wait, Take Action Now!

IDA Program Directory Now Available

 

For the first time, IDA information for programs across the country is located in one place at the IDA Program Directory. With the help of 10 partners, the Corporation for Enterprise Development coordinated a 2003 IDA Program Survey. Three hundred and eight IDA programs provided information about their locations, accountholders and program elements. Now this body of information is available via the new online, searchable IDA Program Directory. Users can search for specific IDA programs based on name, size, location, or key program elements.

IDA Program Directory Now Available

 

For the first time, IDA information for programs across the country is located in one place at the IDA Program Directory. With the help of 10 partners, the Corporation for Enterprise Development coordinated a 2003 IDA Program Survey. Three hundred and eight IDA programs provided information about their locations, accountholders and program elements. Now this body of information is available via the new online, searchable IDA Program Directory. Users can search for specific IDA programs based on name, size, location, or key program elements.

IDA Collaborative Building Toolkit

 

The Assets for All Alliance has created an IDA partnership that has successfully recruited and enrolled nearly 1100 savers since its inception ni 1999. During that time, they have developed a series of processes and tools that can be used by collaboratives in nearly any community. Through a grant from the Ford Foundation, they have gathered these elements into a Collaborative Building Toolkit to share with the IDA field. The toolkit is now available for download.

Recommendations to Improve the Assets for Independence Act

 

With input from the IDA field, CFED has developed recommendations to improve the Assets for Independence Act. The recommendations are based on insights from a range of key stakeholders, including AFIA grantees, the IDA field at large, and policymakers.

AFIA Technical Assistance and Training Contract Awarded

 

The Office of Community Service (OCS) has awarded the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) a contract to provide technical assistance and training in support of the Assets for Independence Act Program (AFIA). This contract will:

  1. fund a significant portion of the next National IDA Learning Conference,
  2. develop a Technical Assistance Network including the provision of technical assistance to AFIA grantees, and
  3. deliver training to grantees through the IDA Training Institute.

The delivery of training and technical assistance services will rely on the continuing development of a network of trainers and consultants. A major subcontract to a partnership between Faith to Finance and Shorebank Neighborhood Institute will add a focused faith-based marketing and technical assistance effort.

VISTA Slots Available to Support IDAs

 

The Office of Community Service (OCS) and the Corporation for National Service (CNS) are in the process of placing a number of AmeriCorps* VISTA slots with AFIA grantees. There are still a number of additional slots for both AFIA and non-AFIA IDA initiatives. Despite what you have heard in the media, these slots are available and can help strengthen your IDA initiative. The deadline has been extended since a new program training session will be held in November hosted by Corporation for National Service. The process is to notify David Gurr, the national director of the Entrepreneur Corps at CNS and contact your local state CNS director. David will follow up with the state directors to ensure that you are receiving an appropriate response. AFIA grantees may have more than one AmeriCorps* VISTA per site. Contact Bob Zdenek, Senior Consultant with OCS for more information.

Employer IDA Initiatives: A Background Paper

 

The Corporation for Enterprise Development has begun an initiative to advance employer IDA efforts, thanks to the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. As part of that work, we are excited to release, "Employer IDA Initiatives: A Background Paper". The paper highlights the opportunities and challenges of employer IDA programs, offers recommendations from current employer IDA efforts, and provides a snapshot of potential employer IDA models.

 

 
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