For many families, making ends meet is a challenge that requires sacrifices.
We know that:
- Income stability is crucial in developing an environment conducive to learning.
- 40% of Suncoast households are struggling financially. We call this the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population.
When earned wages don't support the basic needs of a family and when debt and lack of money management skills rob individuals of their dreams, a cycle of generational poverty can have implications for present and future generations.
United Way Suncoast, with partnerships across the community, is committed to breaking this cycle by leading and participating in programs focused on helping families and individuals increase income and build financial assets.
Community members who are in a position to make changes and improve their financial wellness are paired with dedicated volunteer coaches. Together, they develop a plan of action that will help the member achieve their financial goals. More Details
VITA is an IRS program that utilizes certified volunteers to help provide free and accurate tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income taxpayers. These services are provided at a variety of public locations such as libraries, schools, and neighborhood centers in certain high-need areas. VITA has been instrumental in helping ALICE households receive thousands of dollars in additional funds. Learn More