- Family-sustaining employment
- Access to income supports for those who need it
- Address affordability of housing
- Grow individual savings and assets
Local United Ways are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities. United Way of Pennsylvania supports the following public policies to achieve our income goals:
- Encouraging policies and investments that support sector-based workforce partnerships that identify promising growth sectors in Pennsylvania, and align education, training and workforce development programs to support these sectors.
- Inclusive employment policies, laws and regulatiions which prevent discrimination in the workplace based on race and ethnicity, actual or perceived race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age and life experience, nationality and language, ancestry, veteran status, actual or perceived disability, mental or physical disability, genetic information, familial status, marital status or the reasonable use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids.
- Laws which allow people previously convicted of misdemeanor offenses not related to violence towards other people and/or animals, sexual offenses, or weapons, to apply for employment without the criminal record being accessible by potential employers when the accused have served their sentence and remained crime free long enough to demostrate their rehabilitation.
- Income support policies which supplement lower-wage earners’ income while removing barriers that diminish families’ progress toward financial stability. Specifically, United Way of Pennsylvania will support state and federal policies to preserve and improve:
- the federal Earned Income Tax Credit
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
- Child Tax Credit (CTC)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Subsidized child care
- A careful phasing out of benefits as incomes rise to allow families to build long-term financial stability.
- Policies and initiatives that aim to improve Pennsylvania’s affordable housing options in rural and urban areas for median and low-income individuals and families, along with veterans, seniors and the disabled.
- Expanding availability of financial literacy programs to help create long-term family financial sustainability, especially for those receiving public benefits.
- Personal income tax policy which increases financial stability for low to moderate income families.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Find your local United Way.