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Centers for Working Families

Pioneered by the Casey Foundation and now supported by other major funders, the Centers for Working Families® (CWF) are neighborhood-based hubs that assist low-income families with reaching financial stability and moving up the economic ladder. These centers bring together, or bundle, a full range of essential economic supports in one convenient location to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize their finances and move ahead.

Since 2002, the centers have grown into a national effort operating in 30 cities. In 2012, they served more than 40,000 individuals with strategies to help them find employment, increase their net income, reduce debt and raise credit scores.

The Casey Foundation and several partner organizations are now expanding the CWF model to community colleges across the country, connecting even more families to much-needed coaching, job training, financial services, housing assistance and other resources.

Community colleges are a particularly important vehicle for helping low-income families end intergenerational poverty: Achieving a workforce credential and completing one year of community college contribute to substantially higher wages for lower-skilled adults. The average age of today’s community college student is 29, and Centers for Working Families can be a critical resource to help these students address work, education and family responsibilities in their efforts to get ahead.

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