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CFED’s Resource Directory is not only home to all of CFED’s publications, but also an extensive library of the latest tools, research and resources on asset building and expanding economic opportunity developed by the field. You can view the resources several different ways; publications published by CFED, resources sorted by topics/issue areas or perform a customized search of the complete library. The Directory is a work in progress so visit regularly for updates and new resources. If you would like to submit a resource to this directory, please email cfednews@cfed.org.

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2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Released annually, this year's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard examines 130 policy and outcome measures to develop an understanding of how residents are doing in their quest to seize economic opportunity and what states are doing to help get them get ahead. The findings of the 2016 Scorecard reveal that even though many economists agree that the U.S. economy has rebounded from the Great Recession, that recovery hasn't meant a return to the financial stability that many households once enjoyed. Hampered by high underemployment rates and low-wage jobs, the financial situations of millions of American households are tenuous at best, especially for the 44% who live in liquid asset poverty.

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What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation, makes clear why every household’s financial health matters for the U.S. economy to thrive. The book demonstrates how those who work outside traditional financial capacity building in education, health, housing, workforce training, justice and other sectors play a critical role in removing barriers to financial health and well-being. Through more than 30 essays authored by experts from across a broad range of fields, What It’s Worth provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face, the enormous creativity and innovation already happening to increase financial well-being, and how we can implement proven and emerging solutions.

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The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities

To deepen our understanding of the financial situations facing grandfamilies, particularly those in low- to moderate-income households, Citi Community Development convened Generations United and CFED to interview grandparent caregivers. The purpose of these interviews was to gain an understanding of grandfamilies’ individual household finances, including how they earn and spend money, what financial products they use to transact and store money, what challenges they face and what strengths they draw upon. Their stories open a discussion about how organizations that offer social or financial services to grandfamily caregivers can help build financial stability and increase mobility for these multi-generational families.

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