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We’re pleased to present you with our 2012 Annual Report. Last year was packed with asset-building advances on several fronts, and we’re excited to share our accomplishments with you in our first-ever interactive Annual Report. This year’s Annual Report chronicles the progress that we’ve made in mainstreaming asset building. Advancements in research, victories in getting key policies passed and innovations in asset-building programs have all paved the path for a more prosperous American economy.
Although the post-recession economy is showing signs of recovery millions of Americans are still scraping by. As policymakers make decisions over the next few months about whether to fund programs that provide a lifeline to a better future for millions of Americans, they should take a hard look at the reality facing nearly half the nation’s families. For the second year in a row, the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, finds that nearly half (43.9%) of households—equivalent to 132.1 million people—do not have a basic personal safety net to prepare for emergencies or future needs, such as a child’s college education or homeownership.
In this brief, we share the details of how their pilot programs are operating and the steps taken to get there. We also lift up lessons learned by these two organizations for others to consider when designing financial empowerment integration initiatives.
This brief examines themes among the 99 proposals and identifies common challenges programs are facing. It then highlights the specific problem statements originally identified by the three pilot sites selected from the RFP, and lays the groundwork for the next steps in the BETA Project.