Financial Capability Center

What is the Financial Capability Center (FCC)?:

The CAANH Financial Capability Center (FCC) program focuses on improving the financial bottom line for low to moderate-income families. The goal is to assist individuals and families with identifying pathways to saving. The FCC aims to support participants with:

  • Budgeting and budget management
  • Helping people change their financial behavior in ways that encourage a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing debt expenses, building credit, and acquiring assets.
Services Offered:

  • Employment Coaching: Job readiness, essential skills training and job placement
  • Financial Coaching / Literacy: focuses on solving specific problems or crises, such as high debt or eviction prevention; then working through a coaching relationship on long term financial interventions (including budgeting sheets, credit help / check and saving tips and tools).
  • Income Supports: applying for and providing SNAP, energy assistance, EITC, child care assistance, housing assistance, WIC, unemployment compensation and medical / health insurance.
  • VITA: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited.
Eligibility Requirements

Program requirements for the Financial Capabilities Center (FCC) Program are as follows:

  • Live in the catchment areas: New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and Hamden.
  • Need at least one of the three core services (Employment coaching, Income Support, and Financial Literacy).
  • Household income is at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Guideline (200% of the FPL for a single person is a monthly gross income of $2,127).
To Inquiry about the Financial Capabilities Program, please submit your inquiry below:

    An FCC Success Story

    A mother of two came to CAANH seeking assistance finding a new home because she believed she could not afford her current rent since her husband was deported. The Case Manager worked with the client to create a detailed budget sheet to identify unnecessary spending that could go toward paying her bills. The client realized that if she sticks with the budget she will be able to keep her apartment. The case manager also assisted her with obtaining a second job to provide additional income.