The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“My daughter has a lot of disabilities … I’m trying to get used to a lot of things with her. She’s three. She has adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism, she’s a diabetic, and she also has lack of a growth hormone. Within the last three months she’s been placed on about seven different medications. This is her growth hormone medication and it comes in this. It’s four hundred and fifty dollars and I have to get it delivered every three weeks. I don’t have four hundred and fifty dollars. We’re trying to get the insurance to completely cover everything, but this medication is not covered now. Without her medicine, how will she get better?”

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy training helps prepare individuals to make sound financial decisions when faced with multiple financial responsibilities and very limited income. In addition to training, the Urban Affairs Coalition offers financial support groups (called FAN Clubs) individuals interested in improving their money management habits, getting their finances under control, and meeting their financial goals.

Current Issue

Although financial education is a proven way of helping families stretch limited resources, it is not routinely offered to families navigating the welfare system.  Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare could offer financial literacy training to TANF recipients and help connect them to banking and other saving opportunities.

 

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