GA ACT Survey – Please Complete by 9/15/15

Good Afternoon, Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. is a statewide membership organization dedicated to building a strong network of housing and community development organizations to benefit lower-income Georgians and underserved communities. We act as a clearinghouse for information and action to advance the field of housing and community economic development through our annual conference, training, peer mentoring, and advocacy on public policy. Your participation in this survey is critical to supporting the future growth and stability of the nonprofit housing and community development sector and the ability to compete in the face of diminished resources. This survey will give us a snapshot of your organization’s current position and abilities. We will use this information to create support for increased capital resources and for industry policies that enable greater community impact. You should be able to complete this survey in 20 minutes. If you get interrupted, you can save your completed responses and come back to finish the survey. Having the following information available may help you complete the survey quickly: · Housing development portfolio · Most recent 990 · Housing counseling/financial literacy data We need your completed survey by Friday, August 14, 2015. Follow the link below to take the survey today and help us show collective impact! Start Survey Thank You Kate Little Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. 250 Georgia Avenue, SE, Suite 350 Atlanta, GA 30312 404/586-0740 klittle@georgiaact.org We have moved. Please note new address and email.

FINANCIAL GOAL OF HOMEOWNERSHIP IS ON DECLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 29, 2014

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, pdg@nefe.org

SURVEY: FINANCIAL GOAL OF HOMEOWNERSHIP IS ON DECLINE Half of U.S. Adults Say Having Enough Money for Retirement is Top Financial Goal

DENVER—A new survey conducted on behalf of the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) by Harris Poll finds that 50 percent of American adults say the top financial goal that is most important for them to achieve in their lifetime is having enough money for retirement.

In fact, the percentage of people who cite having enough money for retirement as their top financial goal is on the rise since the recession. In 2011, when NEFE asked American adults the same question, 47 percent said having enough money for retirement was their top financial goal. The American Dream has long been associated with the gratification and security of a comfortable home within the picturesque borders of a white-picket fence. However, today the perceived importance of homeownership appears to be waning. In 2011, 17 percent said homeownership was their most-important financial goal, compared to just 13 percent in the latest findings.

“People are more in tune with the importance of saving for their retirement years,” says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. “Economic recovery is inching forward yet many individuals and families still are experiencing difficulty getting back on track. Americans seem to be finding reassurance in more long-term financial-security-based values rather than material values.”

The 2014 online survey of 2,025 U.S. adults ages 18 and older asks respondents to consider their financial goals and the challenges of meeting those objectives. In thinking about their own financial situations, three in five (60 percent) feel they are achieving the “American Dream,” compared to 57 percent in 2011. But there are barriers that limit people from reaching their goals, with 63 percent citing the inability to save enough as an obstacle (compared to 70 percent in 2011) and 47 percent stating that managing debt is a hindrance (compared to 54 percent in 2011).

For tips, resources and information on how to achieve your financial goals, visit www.smartaboutmoney.org and www.myretirementpaycheck.org.

Continue reading