Financial Stability Committee

The BPNN Financial Stability Committee focuses on connecting Brighton Park residents with the resources necessary to enhance their economic well-being. Recognizing that our community is disproportionately impacted by economic hardship, we aim to facilitate access to financial support and life-sustaining employment opportunities that will allow community members to build the assets that they need to thrive.

Driven by this goal, our Financial Stability Committee focuses on the following initiatives:

  • Providing comprehensive case management, financial coaching, housing counseling, and free tax preparation services to families who are experiencing economic hardship
  • Connecting community residents to workforce development and employment opportunities
  • Supporting students in advancing their educational and career goals
  • Expanding workforce development programming in accordance with identified community needs

Committee chair:
  • Griselda Piedra from PODER

  • We offered free tax preparation for 294 residents, helping them to access $657,130 in returns.
  • We provided over $660,000 in emergency financial assistance to more than 784 families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 178 families participated in comprehensive case management services, of whom
    82% obtained safe and stable housing.
  • We provided housing counseling to 128 families.
  • 129 individuals received job counseling and career support services, of whom 36 were connected to workforce development opportunities and 33 were connected to full or part-time employment.

Our Committees Goals + Strategies

Bold Goal: Increase access to life-sustaining jobs and ensure that Brighton Park residents have the resources to build assets and reach financial stability.

Outcome Metrics:
  • # with an improved credit
  • # of individuals with bank accounts or utilizing affordable banking products
  • # of tax returns prepared
  • #% with reduced debt
  • #% with increased savings

  • Financial Coaching
  • Free Tax Preparation
  • Housing Counseling
  • Comprehensive Case Management for families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Job Counseling and Career Support Services

Become a Partner!
Our BPNN Committees meet once every other month to coordinate our efforts and discuss progress toward our ongoing initiatives. Sign up now to become a Brighton Park Neighborhood Network partner and join us in building a stronger community together!
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