Income | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

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Financial stability is a key ingredient of a steady, successful life. Along with education and health, it’s one of the building blocks of opportunity. That’s why we create, lead and invest in programs that help North Texans get and keep better jobs, establish savings and hold on to more of what they earn.

Aspire United 2030 Goals

We’ve collaborated with a broad spectrum of community partners to develop a set of 10-year goals to drive transformative change and advance racial equity in the areas of education, income and health in North Texas. Together, we can ensure all North Texans have the opportunity and access thrive.

To make that aspiration a reality, our key focus in the area of income is:

Challenge 74%

of young adults (25-34) do not earn a living wage

Goal 20%

Increase by 20% the number of young adults who earn a living wage, adding nearly $800M in wages per year in North Texas

It will take all of us working together to ensure all North Texans can find and maintain work that enables financial stability. Can we count you in?

Our Programs

Without stable income or sufficient savings, families get derailed by unexpected expenses, develop credit issues and fall prey to predatory lenders. We create and lead a range of programs that put residents on new career pathways, giving them the skills and resources to improve their economic mobility and providing them with basic necessities in emergency situations. By investing in our residents’ financial stability today, we’re affecting our community for generations.

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Career Pathways

We put hardworking North Texans on career pathways by connecting them with the skills and support needed to get and keep good jobs. We aid in such areas as career development, job training and supportive services, English as a second language and adult literacy.

Pathways to Work

Creates innovative solutions for moving workers into good jobs and ensures employers have a pipeline of skilled, ready-to-work employees.

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Economic Mobility

We help residents improve their abilities to budget, reduce debt, create savings and improve their credit. And we offer online strategies that help families get, manage and keep more of their hard-earned money.

Financial Inclusion Roundtable

Gives families access to insured deposit accounts, fair credit and quality financial programs.

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Pathways to Economic Mobility

Provides families the tools and know-how to increase savings, improve credit scores, reduce debt and avoid predatory lending products.

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Free Tax Prep

Offers free tax preparation services that help families maximize tax refunds and create a foundation for savings.

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Basic Needs

We fund programs that address our community’s most immediate needs, providing food, shelter, safety and more in emergency situations.

Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund

Provides the funding for most of our annual basic needs grants, allowing us to consistently respond to families in need.

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Our Advocacy Work

We are in a unique position to mobilize a wide range of stakeholders to push bi-partisan legislation that can change the trajectory of thousands in our region. We work to boost economic mobility by advocating for workforce programs that teach in-demand skills and programs that give hard-working families access to tools to build and gain assets. Learn more about our advocacy work and how you can get involved.

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Social Innovation Accelerator

Our Social Innovation Accelerator supports, develops and invests in bold new solutions in the areas of education, income and health. We’re working to fill the gaps in North Texas services to improve the building blocks of opportunity. Here are just a few of the participants that focus on financial stability.

The Akola Project

A jewelry brand providing work opportunities, training and social programs that empower women to create meaningful change in their communities.

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My Possibilities

Provides community employment and work experience to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities through a for-profit transitional employment retail center.

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Per Scholas

Offers free, high-quality technology education, job training, placement and career development opportunities to people in underserved communities.

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