Financial Stability

Poverty to Possibility

Financial Stability is another key area of United Way's work

By taking strategic action that does the most good for the most people, we work to address the root causes of financial inequality. We put boots on the right group by investing in community programs that help individuals and families increase economic opportunity; programs like job training, job placement support, first time business loans and coaching, and adult literacy courses. We invest in community programs that help individuals and families find and maintain stable housing. We offer financial literacy classes and help individuals get checking accounts, and provide free tax preparation through Myfreetaxes. And we turn voices into action by advocating for expansion of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, which help hardworking Idahoans keep more of their hard earned money. 


Financial Stability Goals

  • Providing access to job education and training that leads to asset development, financial literacy and livable wage jobs; and
  • Improving access to housing programs in an effort to help families obtain and maintain affordable permanent housing.



  • 712 adults received job training leading to livable wage jobs
  • 2,668 people (families with children) received emergency shelter, eviction avoidance support, and affordable housing support
  • 118 people received free tax filing support 
  • 518 teens and young adults received career readiness training and support

Lee's Story

Fleeing persecution in Honduras, Lee came to the United States to stay with a host family in Boise. He started attending a job training program supported by United Way of Treasure Valley and soon graduated with a certificate in food management. Now, he is employed full-time and loves his job. He is now renting his own apartment and bought a car. After years of hardship, he now feels he is living the American Dream and the future looks bright, thanks to the support he received.