We understand that community development is more than a bricks-and-mortar endeavor. Our Neighborhood and Economic Development programs serve 4,000 people annually, through comprehensive services for low-income families and individuals in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
- Community engagement
- Employment support
- Youth programs
- Benefits assistance
- Housing stability
- Quality of life assistance
Our Family Economic Success (FES) programs assist families and individuals to stabilize their financial situations and to plan for long term economic self-sufficiency. FES provides financial literacy training for youth and adults, financial counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDA) and free income tax preparation to help low income families increase their self-sufficiency. FES programs include:
- Oakland’s largest VITA program, which served more than 1,500 individuals in the 2013 tax season. We have introduced a Savings Initiative in conjunction with tax services, and in 2011 we were chosen to participate in the IRS national pilot to prepare Schedule C returns for self-employed business owners.
- Money Savvy Youth, a youth financial literacy program that provides education to more than 800 Oakland 4th and 5th graders on the basics of money management, saving, credit and planning. Our curriculum is aligned with the State of California’s math standards.
- Financial counseling and coaching, offered in a variety of ways: through IDA accounts for EBALDC residents and through a pilot scattered-site housing project. EBALDC is also a founding member of the SparkPoint Oakland Center, where we partner with other Oakland-based financial service organizations to help individuals reach economic self-sufficiency.
These programs help to build neighborhoods with a strong economic base. They also help people begin a path toward financial security and access the resources they need to lead stable, fulfilling lives.