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Assets & Opportunity Scorecard Release

Jan 31, 2012

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Today, January 31, 2012, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) released the most comprehensive assessment of Americans’ ability to save, build wealth, fend off poverty and create a more prosperous future. The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard ranked Hawai'i 4th in the country overall for how well our residents fare in terms of achieving financial security across the 52 measures in the areas of Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care and Education.  Comparatively, Hawai'i looks like it scores well on the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard.  But underlying stories indicate that many households are still facing significant challenges. Some of the key findings for our state are:

• Hawai'i ranks 35th for underemployed residents.
• Almost one of every five Hawai'i households are “asset poor,” meaning they have little or no financial cushion to rely on in case of emergency or unemployment.
• Hawai'i earned a “C” in the area of Housing & Homeownership, which shows the lack of affordable opportunities for Hawai'i residents to become homeowners.
• Hawai'i ranks 47th in homeownership.
• Hawai'i ranks 42nd in foreclosures.
• Hawai'i has the least affordable homes in the country.

Strength of State Policies & Policy Priorities:
• Hawai'i has no policies in place for state IDA Program Support
• Hawai'i has only one poliocy in place that meets the criteria to help give tax credits to working families.
•Hawai'i has only two policies in place that help lift the asset limits in public benefits programs.


To read the official Scorecard release for Hawai'i click here. Or, to access the complete Assets & Opportunity Scorecard visit www.scorecard.cfed.org.

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EITC Awareness Day is January 27, 2012

Jan 27, 2012

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For the whole story and more helpful links,resources, toolkits, and ways YOU Can help spread the word to Hawai'i's working families, click here.

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Hawaii State House Bill HB1840 Introduced to Study the Feasibility of a State-Owned Bank

Jan 23, 2012

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Hawaii State House Bill HB1840 Introduced to Study the Feasibility of a State-Owned Bank Posted on January 21, 2012 by Administrator capitol.hawaii.gov
• January 21, 2012 HB1840
Measure Title: RELATING TO STATE-OWNED BANK.
Report Title: Financial Institutions; State-owned Bank; Task Force Description: Establishes a task force to review, investigate, and study the feasibility and cost of establishing a state-owned bank. Requires a report to the Legislature. Introducer(s): OSHIRO, TSUJI

Status: 1/13/2012 Prefiled 1/18/2012
Introduced and Pass First Reading. 1/19/2012
Referred to ERB, CPC, FIN, referral sheet 2 1/20/2012

Bill scheduled to be heard by ERB on Tuesday, 01-24-12 8:30AM in House conference room 312.

Status of the Bill is here.
Text of the Bill is here.

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Micronesian Economic Empowerment Workshop

Jan 23, 2012

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Register Today for Webinar on State and Local Funding for IDA Programs

Jan 18, 2012

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State and Local IDA Funding
Wednesday, January 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. HST

Is your IDA program struggling to raise non-federal match funds to draw down Assets for Independence (AFI) dollars? Even in these challenging fiscal times, state and local governments can be an important resource for non-federal match. Our upcoming webinar on State and Local IDA Funding will offer an overview of states that provide funds specifically for IDAs. In addition, we’ll describe other state and local funding sources that can be used for AFI match, and share advice and tips from AFI grantees that have successfully raised non-federal public funds for their IDA programs.

Presenters include:
• Ethan Geiling, Policy and Research Associate, CFED
• Emily Hurst, Director of Development, Interfaith Housing Services
• Steve Fireman, President/General Counsel, Economic and Community Development Institute
• Amy Szabo, Development Consultant, Economic and Community Development Institute
• Kimberly Pate, Vice President for External Relations, CFED (moderator)

Click here to register now!

The webinar is free to all interested participants. In advance of the webinar, please send any questions you would like our panelists to address during the session to Johanna Barrero, or call 202.207.0117.

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"Why Communities of Color Should Care about Social Security Reform "

Jan 20, 2012

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Tuesday, January 31st at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST
More information & Register here!

Social Security reform is not solely a critical issue for seniors, the disabled, and the dependent survivors of workers who die young – each community of color has a distinct stake in its outcome. Please join us for a dynamic, interactive dialogue discussing:
 How Social Security reform uniquely affects African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian Americans;
 How Social Security reform uniquely affects men, women, and children of color;
 The current political climate, including why conservatives perpetuate the myth that Social Security is bankrupt; and,
 Recommendations for strengthening Social Security in a targeted, equitable way.

Panelists are members of The Commission to Modernize Social Security and include: Maya Rockeymoore (Moderator), President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions Dave Baldridge, Executive Director of the International Association for Indigenous Aging Wilhelmina Leigh, Senior Research Associate of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Meizhu Lui, Director Emeritus of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative Leticia Miranda, Associate Director, Economic Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/664463670

Questions? Contact Anand Subramanian at anands@insightcced.org

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Community Impact: Community Development for the 21st Century!

Jan 13, 2012

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Waimanalo: Monday, January 16th, 2012
Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center
41-253 Ilau'ole Street
8:00am-4:30pm
to register, call (808) 426-1223 

Hilo: Friday, January 20th, 2012
UH Hilo Campus Center, 301
200 West Kawaili Street
9:00am-4:30pm
To register call: (808) 961-8496
or e-mail jhorike@co.hawaii.hi.us

Kohala: Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Kohala Intergenerational Center
54-3853 Akoni Pule Highway
10:30am-5pm
To register e-mail josephwlapilio3@gmail.com

Speakers: Tamar DeFries, Karen Williams & Joseph Lapalio, Pacific Growth Associates
Mililani Trask, Innovation Development Group
Paul Richards, Ahahui I Na Alaka'i (AINA)
Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association
& Na Kuhio 'Ike

Sponsor: Community Based Economic Development Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Business Development Program

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Medicaid Buy-In & Deaf-Blind Task Force Meeting

Jan 19, 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Description:
AGENDA
I. Welcome and Introductions
II. Discussion on Medicaid Buy-In
III. 2012 Deaf-Blind Task Force Legislative Package (see attached)

• SB 893 Relating to Information Access
• SB894 Relating to Hearing Aids
• SCR3 Health Insurance; Mandated Coverage; Hearing Aids; Impact Assessment Report
• SB127 Making a Grant for the Establishment and Operation of a Comprehensive Deaf Center

IV. Announcements
V. Adjournment

PLEASE RSVP TO SENATOR CHUN OAKLAND'S OFFICE AT 808-586-6130

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You're Invited: An Interactive Learning Session About Bank On - A Financial Access Initiative

Dec 1, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Description:
Earlier this month, a partnership between CFED, the National League of Cities, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and the New America Foundation launched a newly-redesigned JoinBankOn.org with support for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The site contains a series of exciting features, including a new data tool that allows you to generate customizable reports of the unbanked population in your community.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, December 1 from 10-11:30am HST/ 3-4:30 p.m. EST that will provide background on the Bank On initiative, discuss highlights of the first-ever Scan of the Bank On Field, and offer a brief, hands-on tutorial for using some of the most exciting features of the new website.
Presenters for the December 1 webinar include:
• Laura Fischer (Associate for the Institute for Youth, Education & Families, National League of Cities)
• Sean Luechtefeld (Communications Associate, CFED)
• Genevieve Melford (Director of Research, CFED)
• Louisa Quittman (Director of Community Programs, U.S. Department of the Treasury)
• Leigh Phillips (Manager, Office of Financial Empowerment of the San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector)

The webinar is free to all interested participants, but advanced registration is required. To register for the webinar, click here . Also, in advance of the webinar, please visit JoinBankOn.org to familiarize yourself with the initiative so any questions you have can be addressed during the interactive Q & A session.
Click here to register!

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Register Today for IDA Update Webinar: New Research Highlights, Legislative Opportunities and Innovative IDA Practice

Nov 15, 2011 9:00 AM

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Webinar Registration
Please join us for a discussion of recent updates on individual development accounts (IDAs) in the areas of research, policy and practice. Leading IDA researchers will discuss recent research on the efficacy of IDAs. CFED’s policy analysts will discuss potential changes to the flagship federal IDA program, the Assets for Independence Act as well as strategies to educate legislators about IDAs. Presenters from NeighborWorks Umpqua will discuss their successful DreamSavers IDA program. Presenters include:
Signe-Mary McKernan, Senior Fellow/Economist, The Urban Institute
Caroline Ratcliffe, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Carol Wayman, Federal Policy Director, CFED
Inemesit Imoh, Policy Associate, CFED
Betty Tamm, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Umpqua Rebekah Barger, IDA Program Manager, NeighborWorks Umpqua

This webinar will be moderated by Ida Rademacher, Vice President, Policy and Research, CFED. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information, contact Lauren Stebbins at lstebbins@cfed.org or (202) 466-5925 or click here to register.

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Making a Living vs. Making a Killing: Creating a Healthy Democratic Foundation for Economies (Part 1)

Posted on 10/27/2011 @ 11:07 PM

Unmaking a Killing: Rooting out entitlement, parasitism, fraud, rapacious greed, and other guarantors of destruction...Click to read the full articles; Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Act now to save USDA Rural Development Funding!

Oct 27, 2011

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Click here to access CFED's action campaign to help stop the cuts for USDA Rural Development Funding.

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Building Capacity for Movement-Minded Organizations: A Webinar Series

Oct 24, 2011

Description:
Building Capacity for Movement-Minded Organizations: A Webinar Series 11/03/2011 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Register here for both social movement webinars at a discount. As OD practitioners working with social change organizations, we find that looking only within the confines of the organization limits our view and ability to help these organizations make their greatest impact. The change they seek cannot be accomplished alone and can only be won and maintained with others linked in a broader social movement. To support that work, individual organizations and leaders often need the capacity to come together into movement networks and build a shared power analysis. These two sessions lay the ground work and begin to explore these two essential topics.

Contact:
http://www.allianceonline.org/webinars/Building%20Capacity%20for%20Movement-Minded%20Organizations:%20%20A%20Webinar%20Series

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Save the date for the 2012 Symposium on O'ahu!!

Jun 27-29, 2012

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Date: JUNE 27th- June 29th, 2012.
Location: O'ahu Details TBD, please stay tuned!

For funding inquiries and interests, please contact Ho'owaiwai@hacbed.org or call 808-550-2661.

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Free Community Energy Workshops!

Oct 18, 2011

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Hawaii Energy is looking for opportunities to hold community workshops about saving electricity and reducing your electric bill in your neighborhood Workshop Agenda: .

Learn ways to save electricity and about how to get rebates when purchasing energy saving appliances, lighting & water heating . Learning about other outreach offerings and partnership happening in your community .
Light refreshments will be served.
Receive a free energy saving Advance Power Strip just for attending. (limit one per household)

Contact Helen Wai at hawaiienergy@saic.com or call: (808) 479-2330 (direct) for questions or our toll free number main number 1-877-231-8222 _____________________________________________
Hawaii Energy is the State of Hawaii Conservation and Efficiency Program helping people and business save electricity. Our seminar will be presented by: Helen Wai A professional instructor on Financial Literacy throughout the State of Hawaii for over 10 years.

COST: No Charge Provided as part of a community outreach service.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND? People who are looking for ways to reduce their monthly expenses on electricity, water and people who care about the future of Hawaii. www.hawaiienergy.com Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by SAIC Company under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu.

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Urge Congress to Protect Charitable Giving

Posted on 10/17/2011 @ 06:53 PM

From United Way Worldwide President, Brian Gallagher:

Colleagues: I’m going to Capitol Hill Tuesday, October 18, to testify before Congress on an issue of vital importance to the nonprofit community and our nation, and I can’t carry the message alone. Congressional leaders are considering ways to reduce the budget deficit, and the ability of donors to deduct charitable contributions from their taxes is at stake.

Will you join me in sending a message to Congress to preserve the Charitable Tax Deduction, and encourage your stakeholders to do the same? You can see the turnkey template we’re sending to our mailing list here: http://liveunited.org/tell-congress.

America has long been defined by an enduring and powerful characteristic – our charitable spirit. Proposed limitations to the charitable deduction would unfairly burden those at the bottom of the economic spectrum. Today, our nation's most vulnerable families need more help, not less. Tell your Senators to stand with America’s families and preserve the Charitable Tax Deduction. Thank you for adding your voice and helping to create opportunities for a better life for all. Sincerely, Brian Gallagher President & CEO United Way Worldwide P.S. United Way Worldwide will stream the hearing live on liveunited.org. Log on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET to see my testimony and participate in the online conversation with other supporters.

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FREE Small Business Fair!

Oct 17, 2011

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Starting or Expanding Your Business? Launch your dreams into reality!  

Saturday, October 29, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kapiolani Community College Cafeteria (Ohia Bldg.) Parking in Lot C & D

Visit exhibitors who offer programs and services for small businesses. Register for workshops to learn about:
• Financing Options, Accounting Basics
• Social Media and Web Design
• Contracting Certifications
• Marketing your Product or Service
• Creating a Business Plan,
• Expanding to International Markets,
• Available Tax Credits and Federal/State Tax Basics and much more…

Visit these exhibitors: Small Business Administration, Business Action Center, Kapiolani Community College, DBEDT, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE, The Solar Guy, Hawaii Pacific Export Council, State Dept of Transportation, Hawaii Energy, US Rural Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, US Postal Service, Banks, Business Law Corps, and many more.

All of this for . . . FREE! For information call 734-9153 or email edwardv@hawaii.edu

Contact:
For information call 734-9153 or email edwardv@hawaii.edu

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(O'ahu) Join us for the Ho'owaiwai Network Meeting- Statewide Gathering

Sep 28, 2011

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You are invited to the statewide gathering of the Ho'owaiwai Network on Friday, October 14th from 10am-1pm, with special guest- Jose Quinonez from Mission Asset Fund in California to talk about Resources Match, an exciting new opportunity that matches people with the resources available to them! Please sign-up by October 11th for details and to register for this FREE event or paste this address into your browser: http://assetshawaii.org/r/B/Mjk5/MTkx/0/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5wbGFuZXRSZWcuY29tL0U5MTIxOTU3ODIyIyEjIQ Some items we look forward to addressing with you are: -Policy action for the fast-approaching 2012 legislative session -Continued support for the statewide network including website strategies, upcoming trainings & webinars requested, & Island-specific involvement and network creations. -ResourcesMatch.Org – Intake, Referral, Connection, Tracking -Planning for the statewide Assets Symposium to be held on O'ahu in June 2012! We look forward to connecting with you and creating movement for the future of our network!

Location:
Hawai'i Tokai International College 2241 Kapi'olani Blvd. 19th Floor Honolulu, HI

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(Hawai'i Island) Ho'owaiwai Network Meeting- Hawai'i Island

Oct 12, 2011 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Description:
You are invited to the Hawai'i Island gathering of the Ho'owaiwai Network on Wednesday, October 12th from 10am-1pm, with special guest- Jose Quinonez from Mission Asset Fund in California to talk about Resources Match, an exciting new opportunity that matches people with the resources available to them! Please CLICK HERE: http://assetshawaii.org/r/B/0/0/1/0/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5wbGFuZXRSZWcuY29tL0U5MjExOTQ3NDgyMiMhIyE for details and to register for this FREE event! We look forward to connecting with you! Some items we look forward to addressing are: -Children’s Savings Initiative & Continuum Of Youth Asset Building -ResourceMatch.Org – Intake, Referral, Connection, Tracking -Community Resource Centers -On-Going Network Support Infrastructure & Systems -Water Accessibility For Kupuna. -Intergenerational & Family Approach To Drug Abuse – Prescription Take Back Days

Location:
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Building G, Community Meeting Room 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI

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SAVE THE DATE for the next Statewide Ho'owaiwai Network Meeting! (Oct. 14, 2011)

Oct 14, 2011

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SAVE THE DATE For the statewide gathering of the Ho‘owaiwai Network WHEN: Friday, October 14th, 2011 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tokai University, 19th Floor (Honolulu) Lunch is provided Parking in the building RSVP info to follow Questions? Call 808-550-2661 or assetpolicy@hacbed.org Coordinated by HACBED

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