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Center for Working Families (CWF)
The Center for Working Families® (CWF) is a new approach to help low-income families reach financial stability. The CWF approach brings together – or bundles – access to a full range of essential economic supports, including income enhancement and work supports, employment services, and asset building services in one convenient location to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize their finances, and move up the economic ladder. This model teaches clients to “Earn It”, “Keep It” and “Grow It.”
During the year 2015, the CWF program assisted a total of 517 low-income individuals/families. Those participants benefited from integrated employment services coupled with income supports and financial education with individualized financial coaching geared towards helping them become financially stable and reach long-term economic self-sufficiency.
- 79% acquired employment or a better job
- 87% of employed participants reduced debt and/or improved credit scores in 12 months
- 100% learned about budgeting, saving, and how to make the right choice financial choices
- 100% of eligible participants were referred to asset-earning programs
Financial Literacy Expands to other programs - This key component of the CWF program expanded into other HUF program areas.
- 153 youth at local high schools learned financial fundaments
- Future Americans in our citizenship classes learned how to manage their money
- Participants of our Comprando Rico Y Sano program learned how to buy healthy food on a limited budget
Housing Education tied to Housing Discrimination workshops were also added to teach our program participants how to prepare for housing financial transactions.
New Certification Training – In June, HUF provided its own Customer Service and Retail Sales Training, applying a tested model from the National Retail Foundation.
Partnership with Broward County Government and Human Services – ARC Broward, Hispanic Unity and the Urban League partnered with Broward County’s Human Services Dept to help families in Broward become self-sufficient and productive.
Health Marketplace - 7 Navigators assisted 509 clients in submitting applications; 245 clients purchased a plan with annual savings of $1,494,609 in healthcare costs.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) served an additional 1,591 clients in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The SNAP assistance provided at two Miami-Dade college campuses.
Value Added Programs:
Individual Development Account (IDA), a 4-time matching gift for education, home purchase or small business funding, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), child care with Broward Regional Health Planning Council and access to education and training assistance with Community Action Agency.
Key Program Funding Partners
This program would not be possible without the support and leadership of:
And, THANK YOU to these valuable program partners:
- Broward Regional Health Planning Council
- Health Foundation of South Florida
- Florida Blue
- Memorial Healthcare System
- Wells Fargo
- Ana G. Mendez University System
- City of Hollywood /CDBG
- Citrix Systems, Inc.
CWF Client Stories
Important Community Links
Health and Nutrition
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The SNAP program (formerly known as Food Stamps program) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. Go online and check if you are eligible for this program using the following link: http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/index.html?performAction=init&partnerSite=6121
SNAP ofrece asistencia nutricional a millones de personas y familias elegibles de bajos ingresos y proporciona beneficios económicos a las comunidades.
El Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición trabaja con agencias estatales, educadores de nutrición y las organizaciones vecinales y religiosas para asegurar que las personas elegibles para la asistencia nutricional puedan tomar decisiones informadas acerca de cómo solicitar y acceder a los beneficios. Puede hacer su aplicación en internet en la siguiente página web: http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/index.html?performAction=init&partnerSite=6121
Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.
A través de Florida KidCare, el estado de la Florida ofrece seguro médico para niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 18 años de edad, aun cuando uno o ambos padres trabajen. Este seguro incluye cuatros partes distintos. Cuando usted solicita el seguro, Florida KidCare verificará para cuál parte su niño califica basado en la edad y los ingresos de la familia.
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