HELP ADULTS ACHIEVE FINANCIAL STABILITY AND STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET FOR WHEN CRISIS STRIKES
Investments in financial stability lift people out of poverty because they allow working adults to build valuable skills so they can earn more, pay down debt, develop assets, and save for the future. The Town of Palm Beach United Way's work on financial stability focuses on keeping people off of the streets, away from crime, and into a stable lifestyle which is crucial to creating a safe and healthy community for us all. The entire community benefits from families and individuals who achieve financial stability. Without financial stability, individuals are more likely to engage in crime and risky behaviors and are more prone to illness. Thousands of workers lack skills required to secure jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.
Investments in income helps our most vulnerable neighbors get back on their feet in times of crisis. While we work to address the root causes of important community issues, The Town of Palm Beach United Way realizes that there are individuals in our region who need our support right now. We work to improve housing and housing support services, food assitance programs, personal safety services and disaster response systems. Rarely are any of us prepared when a crisis hits. But when a crisis does occur, United Way is there, providing those in need with services and assistance to bring the stability they need to get back on track.
Town of Palm Beach United Way's Income Agenda
- Every household is supported by an income that enables long-term financial stability
- Our most vulnerable neighbors receive support in times of crisis.
Investments in Income
- A report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that by 2018, 63% of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education.
- 45% of Palm Beach County residents live at 200% or below the federal poverty level.
- 98 hours a week, 52 weeks a year is what a minimum-wage worker must work to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Palm Beach County.
- 61% of Palm Beach County renters spend 30% or more of household income on rent.
- 25% of all households in Palm Beach County have at least one of the following housing problems: overcrowding, high housing costs, lack of a kitchen or lack of plumbing facilities
- 15.4% of Palm Beach County residents are food insecure - meaning they are unsure where their next meal will come from.