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Access to Financial Stability


12,772 individuals accessed affordable housing, financial products, and services

94% of individuals served increased disposable income by accessing benefits and/or reducing costs

618 individuals received job skills training

87% of individuals served gained employment

3 policies promoted, enacted, or modified to promote financial stability



Arc of Greater New Orleans – Employment Services

Destiny is a 29-year-old woman with an intellectual disability and true compassion for children. After moving to New Orleans from Alabama, Destiny received an employment assessment through Arc of Greater New Orleans, a United Way Community Partner, where she displayed a high interest in working with young children. Destiny was offered a job at local child care center and now earns her own income by serving as a teachers’ assistant. The support didn’t stop there, however – Destiny continues to grow in her position with help from an ArcGNO job coach and make strides toward living to her fullest potential.

Learn more about the Arc of Greater New Orleans at

Photo via Arc of Greater New Orleans


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The United Way of Southeast Louisiana 2019 Public Policy Legislative Agenda, “United for a Safe & Prosperous Community,” continues our advocacy fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person. This agenda is aligned with United Way’s Blueprint for Prosperity, our plan to eradicate poverty in Southeast Louisiana, and lifts up ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) – households who are living paycheck to paycheck, one financial emergency from falling into poverty.
Once again in 2019, Louisiana lawmakers failed to make progress on minimum wage, paid leave, and equal pay for women. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not increased since 2009. Since then, the cost of goods has increased by 17%, which has had a significant impact on our ALICE households, communities, and employers.
SB 155 (failed) authored by Senator Troy Carter is a constitutional amendment to establish a state minimum hourly wage of nine dollars, effective July 1, 2020, and authorize the legislature to increase the minimum wage by law. 

SB 136 (failed) authored by Senator JP Morrell promotes pay transparency by prohibiting employers from taking actions against employees for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing their wages or those of other employees.

SB 186 (failed) authored by Senator JP Morrell establishes a statewide paid family and medical leave program. 

Learn more about our advoacy efforts in our 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up.