Strong, Financially Stable Families Are Our Foundation
It is our goal that all Anchorage residents are housed, financially stable and have the opportunity to increase their income and save for the future – to build a sustainable and hopeful life in our community. When individuals or families are in financially precarious positions their health is impacted as well as their opportunities – being unable to afford healthcare or education options that could advance their career can keep them from achieving financial stability.
Did you know:
- It takes $53,000 a year in salary to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in Anchorage, and over 16,000 families in Anchorage are earning less?
- Average annual wages in the retail and tourism industry is $25,000?
- Calls for assistance with basic needs (food, shelter, utility bills) to Alaska 2-1-1 made up 52% of all referrals in 2013?
Empowering families, building a financially stable community and strengthening support systems takes all of us. How will you get involved?
WALK IN MY SHOES
Brings Reality of Financial Instability to Life
Our interactive web experience depicts real life scenarios faced by many of the more than 16,000 families living on the financial edge in Anchorage. With limited income and everything from medical payments and unexpected expenses to child care issues, your challenge will be to make it to the end of the month. The reality of walking in someone else’s shoes can be a real eye opener. Take the walk today!
Earn It. Keep It. Save It.
Our goal is that Anchorage households increase their income and save for the future. We are working with 20 partners across all sectors of the community developing and implementing programs and tracking our progress of the number of individuals and families that have improved circumstances and are taking advantage of the services available.
Free Tax Preparation
Just one of the ways we are helping families reach financial stability. The cost of knowledgeable tax preparation can be out of reach for some causing them to miss out on refunds that can make a huge difference in their lives. Last year the 50 volunteer tax preparers in our Free Tax Prep locations filed Federal tax returns for more that 5,500 Anchorage residents.
America Saves Week – Look for it in 2018
Are you ready to take control of your financial future? Making a plan to save allows you to reach your financial goals—and we have the tools and resources to help you get started!
Alaskans are proving you can start small and think big! Alaska Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. These tips and tools can help you set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals, and start saving.