New Learning Opportunity for Organizations Interested in Asset-Building Integration

Do you provide affordable housing options to low- and moderate-income families? Do you often ask yourself how you can help your clients follow a monthly budget so they don't fall behind on their utility bills?

Are you helping unemployed individuals build the skills they need to find and succeed in their next job? Do you ask yourself how you can help these clients open safe, affordable bank accounts so they don't lose a big portion of their next paycheck to expensive check cashers?

Do you provide critical services to families in times of crisis? Do you wonder what you can do to help these families build an emergency savings account so they are more prepared for future financial crises?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should think about joining Prosperity Now's newest Intensive Learning Cluster! Learning Clusters are designed to explore innovations and promising practices in close collaboration with other organizations around the country. In partnership with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, our newest Learning Cluster is an eighteen-month collaboration between Prosperity Now and organizations providing services in the housing, workforce development and emergency assistance (critical needs) sectors. Participating in the Learning Cluster can help you incorporate asset-building strategies—such as getting your clients banked, helping people manage their credit or providing access to free tax preparation assistance—into your existing services.

Over the course of the Learning Cluster, members will participate in peer learning opportunities and collaborate with Prosperity Now and other experts in the field. If you are interested in participating, carefully review the Learning Cluster Request for Proposals and submit your project proposal to Prosperity Now no later than October 21, 2013. Organizations who are selected to participate in the Learning Cluster will receive an $8,000 stipend, a full scholarship for Prosperity Now's 2014 Assets Learning Conference in Washington, DC, the opportunity to learn and problem-solve with other members of the Learning Cluster through virtual and in-person convenings, and technical assistance from asset-building experts.

If you have questions, send me an email at khattemer@prosperitynow.org.

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