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Financial Empowerment

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  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education…

Youth worker.
Youth worker.
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country.

The National League of Cities recently visited Wichita…

A city at night.
A city at night.
  • Research Report

Municipal financial empowerment (FE) strategies are efforts undertaken by cities to increase the financial stability of low-income families. FE strategies link vulnerable households to financial services and public benefits, and provide them with…

  • Research Report

A young person’s first job is a critical developmental step toward adulthood. A first job provides an opportunity for youth to engage with the financial system and also infuses earnings into the local economy. In cities across the nation, youth…

  • Toolkit

As a nation, we expect people to work and support their children. All too often, however, parents do exactly what we expect of them only to find they still cannot meet their families’ most basic needs. Today, nearly four million families in…

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City buildings
  • Toolkit

A city thrives when its residents thrive.Yet many families, even though they are employed full time, continue to struggle to meet their families’ basic needs.

Local elected officials across the country have discovered a way to…

City buildings
City buildings
  • Toolkit

Low- and moderate-income families face numerous obstacles to achieving financial stability. Faced with unstable or low-wage jobs, the high costs of housing, transportation, child care, and other necessities, and disconnection from mainstream…

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City housing
  • Press Release


Innovative financial empowerment program a “win-win” for cities and residents

WASHINGTON – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released an evaluation report highlighting the positive results of its two-year…

  • CitiesSpeak

The LIFT-UP program offers city leaders a win-win scenario, allowing city utilities to recoup lost revenue due to unpaid bills while enabling residents to reduce outstanding balances and late fees, connect with financial empowerment services…

Playing in water
Playing in water
  • CitiesSpeak

While cities are increasingly creating programs to address financial inclusion, bringing those programs out of their silos to engage with partners and current resources is what makes the difference in those programs’ long-term success.

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