Financial Stability

Blog VITA 2023 Services

File Your Taxes for FREE with Heart of Florida United Way’s VITA Program!

Do you know someone who needs help filing their taxes for FREE?  Heart of Florida United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a key community resource that offers free tax preparation service run by volunteers for individuals and families throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.    VITA offers free tax help to those who make […]

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Blog Survival Budgets

Recently Released Survival Budget Data: Heart of Florida United Way Reveals What it Actually Costs to Live in Central Florida

It costs approximately $35,424 for a single adult and $93,228 for a family of four to survive in Central Florida. That’s according to Heart of Florida United Way’s recently released updated Household Survival Budget, which is based on updated research conducted from public sources.     ALICE households are some of the most susceptible to increasing […]

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Blog BankOn Launch

Wells Fargo Partners with Heart of Florida United Way to Launch Bank On program to Support Financial Stability of Central Florida Families

The FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households estimates that 63 million Americans are unbanked or underbanked, with an average annual cost of $3,000 per person. These individuals are among the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population — people who are working hard to make ends meet and still don’t have enough savings […]

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Blog Headers

ALICE in Focus: New Research Reveals 70% of Central Florida’s Hispanic and Black Children Lived in Financial Hardship Pre-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted just how many children in Central Florida live in financial hardship and depend on assistance programs. However, new research highlights that this economic insecurity was rampant for Central Florida children even before the pandemic.  According to a new report created in partnership with United for ALICE, most of Central Florida’s Hispanic […]

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Blog Tax Day 2021

Tax Season has been Extended

Great news! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has automatically extended tax season until May 17, 2021, for the 2020 filing season. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions that may pertain to your return.  What does this mean? You still have time to file your taxes for a refund! Not owed […]

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