Developing financial management training in low-income communities: Assessing needs and community practice implications

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As welfare policy contractions and declines in real wages have placed severe financial pressures on low-income families, programs to improve financial management practices and to help the poor accumulate assets have grown. This article examines the need for such programs and the implications associated with implementing two prominent training strategies-one that focuses solely on financial management training and another that combines such training with savings incentives. Based on data from a large financial management training program, we find that knowledge deficits about basic financial issues are substantial, and that the type of financial training program offered has important implications with respect to the subgroups of low-income people likely to be served within a community. We discuss program issues critical to the implementation of such programs in low-income communities, with a focus upon more carefully attending to their participant empowerment and community development potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-49
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005



  • Asset development
  • Community development
  • Empowerment
  • Financial training
  • Low-income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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