OK Policy is an active member of Oklahoma Assets, a statewide coalition that aims to identify and strengthen programs and policies that help Oklahoma residents achieve economic security. Oklahoma Assets has been making big strides in recent months, officially incorporating as a 501(c)(3) organization. Steering committee members met in Oklahoma City in May to approve bylaws and vote in a board of directors. The coalition has also been busy hosting three webinars on asset-building strategies: the importance of savings, financial education in public schools, and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
In 2009, we blogged about a series of regional meetings hosted throughout the state by Oklahoma Assets (formerly OkABC) on asset-building strategies for increasing the financial security of Oklahomans. Click here for a recap of the Oklahoma Assets day-long meeting in April 2009 on “Economic Security for Oklahomans: Asset Building Approaches for Assisting Families with Low Incomes,” where results of the regional meetings were shared and discussed.
To learn more about the importance of assets in building economic security, check out our issue brief on promoting savings in Oklahoma and our series of blog posts:
- What does it take? Oklahoma Self-Sufficiency Standard calculates what families need to get by, December 2009
- Assets can build the bridge from the safety net to self-sufficiency, September 2010
- Promoting financial security: Matched savings account programs, February 2011
- When a job is not enough: New measure looks at what’s needed for economic security, April 2011
- Wealth and Worth: What’s race got to do with it?, April 2011
- Quick Cash and Debt Traps: Predatory payday lending in Oklahoma, May 2011