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Individual Development Accounts

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help people with modest means to save towards the purchase of a lifelong asset, such as a home.

CFED was an early leader in the creation and growth of IDAs as a practice, and later as a federal and state policy strategy for building economic security. IDAs are a social innovation that has been proven to expand economic opportunity by creating assets for in low-income households.

Are you a practitioner, policymaker or interested in learning more about IDAs? Use the links below to find out more.

Wondering if an IDA is right for you? Watch the video to the right and then click to learn how to save in an IDA.

IDA Basics

IDA Basics

Learn more about how IDA works and review our frequently asked questions.

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IDA Program Directory

IDA Program Directory

Are you interested in opening an Individual Development Account for yourself? If so, the IDA Program Directory will help you locate a provider near you.

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Public Policy

Public Policy

Visit Public Policy to take action in support of legislative efforts to expand IDAs to millions of low-income families in the United States.

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Research & Resources

Research & Resources

Savers and practitioners can find more information in our Research & Resources section.

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Latest IDA News

New Funding Opportunity for IDA Programs in California & Arizona

CFED, in partnership with Bank of the West, is soliciting from IDA programs to support homeownership initiatives in key Bank of the West markets

CFED Selects Six Organizations for New Savings Innovation Learning Cluster

Late last year, CFED announced an exciting new venture in partnership with the MetLife Foundation, the Savings Innovation Learning Cluster

Help Families Escape Financial Insecurity: Reauthorize Assets for Independence

Back in 2007, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA in California tasked with identifying gaps in homeless services in Santa Clara County.

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