REACH Financial Health Programs
Working With You to Achieve Your Goals
Budget, Buy and Save is a financial education series for residents with a relatively stable income. This class focuses on stretching your finances to make it through the month with less stress, goal-setting, spending and saving strategies, and ways to build or repair your credit. Graduates receive an incentive award worth up to $75.
STARTS (Support, Training and Assistance to Realize Tomorrow’s Success) is a foundational class for people living on no income or a very low income. We provide practical knowledge to help participants develop skills to improve their standard of living right now. Topics include communication, goal setting, and strategies to stretch a very limited income.
Individual Development Accounts (IDA) - REACH’s IDA program is a matched savings program similar to our Youth$ave program. REACH makes IDAs available to highly motivated residents who are committed to improving their financial health through rigorous planning and goal attainment. Participants are required to complete training on managing their personal finances and training specific to the goal they will purchase with their IDA account funds. Each $1 saved is matched by $3, up to $3,000 in a 6-36 month period, for a combined total savings and match of up to $12,000. You can use these funds towards buying your first home, starting or expanding a small business, or pursuing higher education or job training.
Free Tax Preparation Site
in partnership with AARP and CASH Oregon, REACH hosts a Free Tax Preparation Site on Saturdays every year starting on the first Saturday of February through the last Saturday before tax day in April (in 2013, the site is open from Feb 2 - April 13th). The site is open to residents and community members. Why pay to have your taxes done when you can have them prepared for free with volunteers trained by the IRS? Come to the Ritzdorf Court Apartments, 1225 SE Belmont, on one of these Saturdays and sign up on the waitlist from 8:30-10 am. The site is first-come, first-served. Trained volunteers will be on hand to complete your taxes by e-file.
If you’re interested in tax preparation help, please bring with you:
- Your W-2’s
- Any 1099’s
- Your picture ID and Social Security card
- A copy of last year’s return (if you have it)
- If you have children, bring their Social Security cards and any information about child care expenses from 2012
We provide Computer Labs in five of our buildings. These access points connect you to job searching, community resources and information, your email account and more.
If you are a working parent in need of an inexpensive car loan or refinancing, the Ways to Work Program through Metropolitan Family Service may be a good option. For additional resources, check out our resources page.
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