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Asset Building Program and Partners Recommend Best Practices for TANF Payment Card Contracts

April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Asset Building Program, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC), submitted a letter urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance to states about best practices for their contracts with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors, so that families accessing public assistance can do so safely and with fewer fees.

News 4 Exposes Million Dollar Corporation Windfall Funded by EBT Fees | KMOV News 4

February 26, 2014

News 4’s Chris Nagus blows the lid off a million dollar corporation windfall funded by your taxes in the latest edition of “Is this why we’re broke?”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts Available on America Saves Week and Tax-Time Savings

February 25, 2014
Washington, DC — As the nation celebrates America Saves Week and households across the U.S. prepare to file taxes, New America’s Asset Building Program has developed a proposal for a federal Financial Security Credit to promote savings at tax-time. For many households, tax refunds represent the largest lump sum of cash they may receive during the year, making tax-time a valuable national savings opportunity.

How Big Banks Are Cashing In On Food Stamps | The American Prospect

February 14, 2014

A key challenge of this solution is connecting benefits recipients with affordable bank accounts, because for-profit banks are not particularly interested in low-balance, high-transaction customers. But, according to Aleta Sprague, policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, strategies that focus on eliminating barriers to bank accounts will provide significant benefits for poor and working Americans.

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February 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Asset Building Program applauds the incoming Chair of the United States Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), for his bold vision for tax reform and support for universal children’s savings accounts (CSAs).

Republicans' Devious New Plan to Kick the Poor | Washington Monthly

December 10, 2013

As it is, the federal asset limit for SNAP is $2,000; families with more than that in savings or investments are, according to federal law, ineligible for food stamps. While these limits were originally designed to deter rich individuals from abusing the system, New America Foundation asset policy researcher Aleta Sprague argues that, in practice, most states now recognize they are an “an antiquated and regressive policy.”

New Report: Rental Assistance Program Can Strengthen Savings Opportunities

December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the New America Foundation released a new report on an important, but currently “under-the-radar” rental assistance program, known as the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The program currently serves just a fraction of eligible rental assistance recipients in America, but with greater support at the federal level, can support the savings and upward mobility of millions more.

The People’s Banker | Governing

December 4, 2013

Cisneros has become a national leader on financial inclusion, says Reid Cramer, director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C. “It’s been inspiring to see a public official expand the mandate of his office in such a productive way. He’s taken ideas that were incubated in the stale halls of think tanks and academia and made them a reality.”

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The United States of Financial Insecurity | MSNBC

November 25, 2013

Such figures help explain the rapidly growing wealth gap between the richest households in the U.S. and everyone else—a divide that’s twice as large as the income gap. “Dow 16,000 is a driving force in runaway wealth inequality,” says Justin King, policy director for the New America Foundation’s asset-building program. “The housing crash is the worst for the middle and lower class, since all their eggs were in that basket, and since wages aren’t going anywhere, there’s no excess capacity for ordinary [people] to put into building up wealth.”

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