Economic Independence

Advancing financially stable individuals and families.

Nearly 66,000 individuals in our four county service area live below the poverty level and have difficulty meeting their basic needs. Over 23,000 working age adults are unemployed. Even those working multiple jobs may be unable to provide for their families. After basics, there is often no money left to save for buying a home, sending kids to college or retiring. Just one unanticipated expense – a car break-down, an uninsured illness, a week without a paycheck – can lead to crisis.

United Way’s Economic Independence goal is to move these families to financial stability and eventually to self-sufficiency. The programs we fund help them increase their earnings and build financial assets to better deal with unexpected expenses and support long-term goals.

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

2014 Economic Independence funded programs
For 2014, United Way is investing $733,475 in 24 programs that assist individuals along the path towards financial self-sufficiency. 

  1. Coastal Center for Developmental Services: Community Employment Services
  2. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Savannah Area: Financial Literacy – Counseling, Debt Management and Education
  3. Eastside Concerned Citizens: Career Development and Asset Building
  4. Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area: Austin-Peeler House
  5. Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area: Payee Representative
  6. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Family Financial Stabilization Project
  7. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Home Ownership Protection Project
  8. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Records Restriction and Re-Entry Project
  9. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire: Workforce Development Services
  10. Greenbriar Children’s Center: Independent Living
  11. Interfaith Hospitality Network of Coastal Georgia: Interfaith Hospitality Network
  12. JCVision and Associates: Financial Education and Counseling
  13. Kirk Healing Center: Housing and Healing the Homeless Program
  14. Lutheran Services of Georgia: Refugee and Immigrant Employment Services
  15. Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families: Fraser Center
  16. Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire: Mediating Financial Stability Program
  17. Neighborhood Improvement Association: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  18. Royce Learning Center: Adult and Community Education
  19. Salvation Army Savannah Corps: Center of Hope Financial Assistance Program
  20. Savannah Center for Blind & Low Vision: Readiness for Vision Impairment
  21. Social Apostolate of Savannah: Birth Certificate Program
  22. Step Up Savannah: Chatham Apprentice Program
  23. Union Mission: Employment and Training Center
  24. Wesley Community Centers of Savannah: Wesley Women’s Center

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