Financial Stability

Our Goals

  1. Family-sustaining employment
  2. Access to income supports for those who need it
  3. Address affordability of housing
  4. Grow individual savings and assets

UWP Supports

  • Encouraging policies and investments that support sector-based workforce partnerships which identify promising growth sectors in Pennsylvania, and align education, training and workforce development pro-grams to support these sectors.
  • Inclusive employment policies, laws and regulations which prevent discrimination in the workplace based on race, 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.
  • Income support policies which supplement lower-wage earners’ income while removing barriers that di-minish 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 media 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.
  • Maintaining Pennsylvania’s strong laws, which prohibit predatory lenders from taking advantage of individuals with limited to no income.