Income

Tax Refunds: It’s Worth the Wait

If you are like most consumers, tax time couldn’t come soon enough. After the grueling expenses of the holiday season, long overdue car repairs, and much-needed summer vacations, consumers are anxious to file their taxes - especially if they expect a refund. 

By now, you have probably seen and heard many commercials advertising Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL) and Refund Anticipation Checks (RAC). These ads tempt with the promise of same-day cash refunds in eye-popping amounts. If you are debating using one of these “convenient” loans, here is what you need to know. 

Data Dive: Takeaways from the 2018 ALICE Report

Vanessa Greenslade, PhD, is United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s resident research and data expert. Vanessa works with our Community Impact team to bring a data-driven approach to our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.

The updated United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, released earlier this month, shows nearly 1 in 2 Southeast Louisiana (SELA) households (47 percent) struggled to make ends meet in 2016. 

Williamson’s Notes: Consequences of ALICE

The United Way ALICE Project, a groundbreaking study on financial hardship, revealed in 2016 that more than 50 million U.S. households struggle to afford necessities like health care, housing, food, child care, transportation, taxes, and a smart phone.

ALICE – Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – is a term for households who earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to cover a basic household survival budget.

Williamson’s Notes: Building More Pathways to High-Wage Jobs

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is doubling down on our efforts to increase pathways to high-wage jobs in Southeast Louisiana. As a new partner with the Louisiana Department of Family and Children Services, United Way will now facilitate the reimbursements of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) funding to local nonprofit partners providing job search, education, and vocational training services.

DCFS and United Way of Southeast Louisiana Launch Effort to Expand Workforce Training for SNAP Recipients in Seven Parishes

SNAP Employment & Training Program Promotes Self-Sufficiency through Training, Experience

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) are partnering to help expand workforce training programs to recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in seven parishes in Southeast Louisiana. 

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