What is an asset? An asset is anything that contributes to an individual’s or family’s economic stability, including a home, a savings account, retirement account, or a college degree.
The Asset Building team serves various populations such as refugees, CHA residents, teenagers, and formerly homeless adults with disabilities. We provide financial education training to participants of some preexisting HHCS programs as well as the following specific Asset Building programs.
The Asset Building team has also developed the Wealth & Wellness curriculum, which was designed to provide financial education for individuals with limited literacy levels, low or fixed income and/or minimal financial management experience.
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)
Family Self-Sufficiency is a HUD-sponsored asset-building program for families in federally subsidized housing through Chicago Housing Authority. Qualifying residents have the opportunity to build assets by achieving their goals. Over the course of five years, FSS staff work collaboratively with participants to gain skills and resources to increase financial stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Imagine Dedicate Earn Achieve (IDEA) Initiative
The program provides individual consultation and workshops focusing on financial education, housing and career development
Meet Your Match (MYM)
MYM is a 6 – 12 month savings and financial literacy program serving formerly homeless participants of several Heartland Human Care Services Supportive Housing programs. MYM has a savings program that offers a 1:1 matched savings component, with a maximum match of $200.
This initiative partners with businesses and non-profits to provide customized onsite financial education workshops that address the specific needs of employee and constituents. Train the trainer is also available.
Heartland Alliance: 4411 N. Ravenswood Ave
The office is East of the Metra tracks on Ravenswood (3 blocks West of Ashland). It is accessible from the Brown Line Montrose station and #78 or #22 bus
West Side Location
Heartland Alliance: 1200 W. 35th Street, Suite 5500
This site is in the Bridgeport Art Center, at 35th Street and Racine. There is a parking lot in the back. It is accessible via CTA buses 9 and 35. Enter in the back of the building, and ring “Heartland Alliance” to gain access.
South Side Location
Heartland Alliance: Englewood 400 W. 76th Street, Suite 110
The office is located in the Stewart Business building. There is a big cell phone tower on top of the building. Press “start” and “027” to ring the buzzer. Parking is available behind the building. The building is accessible via CTA buses 24 and 75.