One-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. These individuals are walking a financial tightrope — they are barely able to get by, with no ability to save for college, a home, or for retirement. The community and family issues that stem from the economic and financial pressures facing individuals and their families are growing increasingly complex and more difficult to address. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education in many areas, and skill levels have not stayed in alignment with changing industry needs. As a result, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population has an income below the federal poverty level, in spite of the fact that many are employed, some with two or three jobs.
United Way is bringing together cross-sector partners to help lower-income individuals and families achieve financial independence by empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to maximize their income, build savings and gain assets. Right here in Pasco County, you can take advantage of United Way programs to improve your families’ financial stability and receive financial education from such partners as:
- The Prosperity Campaign – Free Income Tax Preparation and Earned Income Credit
- Connections Job Development & Training
All of these programs are designed to help you and your family. Follow this link to find out more information about our Partner Agencies and what they can do to help.