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  • 1. Individual Development Accounts Asset Building as a Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • 2. What is an IDA?
    • Matched savings accounts to help low income families save and build assets
    • The match creates and incentive for people to save and deposit money into the account on a regular basis to save for a large investment such as education or buying a home
    • Match dollars for IDA accounts are provided from both private and federal funds
  • 3.
    • While a paycheck helps to buy things like food and clothing and pay the bills each month, an asset provides financial security for the future.
  • 4. How an IDA Works
    • Usually sponsored by a local non-profit in partnership with a financial institution
    • The bank or credit union handles all transactions to and from the IDA like a regular savings account
    • Provided with a monthly report of the savings + match + interest that has accumulated
    • Can be as short as a year or as long as five
  • 5.
    • Participants can withdraw money once they have reached their savings goal, or risk loosing the matched funds
    • IDA eligibility can include:
      • INCOME -max income levels determined by percentage of poverty guidelines or area median income
      • EARNINGS- require that all or most of the savings come from earnings such as paycheck, but welfare, disability and social security count too
      • NET WORTH- assets such as car, home, or savings over $5,000 can disqualify you
      • CREDIT HISTORY- credit card and loan debt can make it hard to save and a bad credit history can disqualify you for an IDA
    • An IDA may require a certain amount of money be deposited each month and how much total money can be saved
  • 6. Other forms of IDAs
    • Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Down Payment
    • Long-term saving accounts established at birth for a lifetime for every child in America and held to at least age 18
    • Seeded with an initial amount of $1,000 and then built upon by family, friends, and the account holder
    • Augmented by public and private sources
    • Restricted uses of education/training, starting a small business, buying a home, or financing retirement
    • $1,000 invested for 18 years at a 6% rate of return yields almost $3,000. Add $100 per year and it jumps to $5,000. If you added $50 a month to the base, the total would be almost $22,000
  • 7. The Effects
    • At the present, little is known about the potential of SEED Accounts
    • People, even poor people, can and will save with the right support and structure
    • Growing assets change behavior, economic and social opportunity
    • Conventional IDA’s don’t engage most youth
    • Age appropriate education tied to accounts may yield enormous benefits
  • 8.
    • “ Antipoverty measures have focused almost exclusively on providing the poor with regular income support…At the same time, welfare policy discouraged savings, imposing limits on how much money a welfare recipient could hold in a bank without forfeiting benefits. It is no surprise, then, that the question of whether poor people can save has rarely been asked or answered.”
    • ~ Owning Up p. 153
  • 9. A Brief History of Structural Savings Programs in America
    • The American Government has helped millions to save over the years to acquire assets and gain economic independence
      • 401(k)s
  • 10. IDAs 1989- the Present
    • Michael Sherraden partnered with the CFED to bring ideas about IDAs into the mainstream (1980s)
    • The first IDA hearings were held by the Select Committee on Hunger and introduce IDA legislation to the U.S. House (1991)
    • The first IDA legislation was adopted in Iowa and the first IDA initiatives were enacted by community-based agencies (1993)
    • The Joyce Foundation funded 3 IDA pilot programs in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
    • IDAs were offered as a state option as part of the national welfare reform (1996)
    • CFED and CSD launched the American Dream Demonstration
    • (1997)
  • 11. The American Dream Demonstration 1997- 2002
    • 1) Implementation Assessment
    • 2) Participant Case Studies
    • 3) Cross-Sectional Survey
    • 4) Monitoring
    • 5) In-depth Interviews
    • 6) Cost Analysis
    • 7) Experimental Impact Evaluation
    • 8) Assessment of Community Effects
  • 12. What the ADD Found…
    • Given the right incentives and support, even very poor people will begin to save and acquire assets
    • IDAs can be effectively administered by a wide range of community agencies and financial institutions
    • The clear implications of state, local, and federal economic policy:
    • Any economic policy that seeks to promote asset building through home ownership, etc. should include low-income citizens by offering IDA incentives and access
  • 13. Since the ADD
      • By 1998, the bipartisan support of IDAs led to the authorization of the Assets for Independence Act
        • Updated version of Sherraden’s 1991 bill
        • Authorized $125 Million in federal funds over 5 years for the creation of 30,000-40,000 new IDAs
      • In 1999 the U.S. Dept. of Health determined that IDA participation does not count as TANF assistance and does not count towards the 5 year limit
      • In 2000, presidential candidate George W. Bush includes IDAs as part of his ‘New Prosperity Agenda’
  • 14. Legislation Since 1999
    • 1999 Savings for Working Families Act (S. 2023)
    • 2000 SWF Act expanded and reintroduced with Community Renewal and New Markets Act of 2000 (S. 2779/ H.R. 4106)
    • 2002 The Charity Aide, Recovery and Empowerment Act (CARE) is introduced and includes the IDA tax credit
    • 2004 The America Saving for Personal Investment, Retirement, and Education (ASPIRE) Act Introduced, aka “KIDS Accounts”
    • 2005 ASPIRE, CARE, and SWFA are reintroduced
  • 15. ASPIRE
    • Establishes an investment savings account and to receive a matching federal contribution for any U.S. Citizen born after December 31, 2006 whose modified adjusted gross income is below the applicable national median adjusted gross income
    • Treated the same as a
    • Roth IRA
    • Secretary of Treasury would
    • develop programs to
    • promote financial literacy
    • of KIDS Account holders
    • As of 4/21/05, referred to
    • House Committee on Ways
    • and Means
  • 16. Savings for Working Families Act of 2005
    • Allows low-income individuals between 18 and 61 to establish tax exempt IDAs
    • Pay for qualified expenses such as education, first-time home buying, and business capitalization or expansion
    • Tax free IDA withdrawals for qualified expenses
    • Completion of financial education course before withdrawal
    • Grants tax credits to financial institutions, non-profits, and Indian tribes who sponsor and administer IDAs
    • IDAs cannot be used for determining eligibility of federal assistance
  • 17. The Benefits
    • Greater Economic Stability
    • Higher Property Values
    • Lower rates of divorce
    • Decreased risk that poverty will be transmitted to the next generation
    • Better health, higher self esteem
    • Better planning for the future
    • Improved perceived social status
    • Fewer arrests
    • Avoidance of unplanned pregnancies
  • 18. Do IDA Accounts Work?