Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Fewer financial stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes. United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. United Way’s work in Income is focused on ensuring all families and individuals achieve independence, dignity of employment, and financial stability.

In 2016-17, United Way will invest in 47 Income programs.

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 Our Goals

Increase the number of adults & families who:

  • Are able to meet their basic needs
  • Gain educational and/or training skills to secure and maintain employment that offers a family sustaining wage
  • Have access to culturally appropriate relocation and reunification services as immigrants or refugees
  • Have access to high quality, free or low cost legal services
  • Save for and build assets like a home or postsecondary education
 Investment Areas
  • Adult Learning
  • Emergency Shelter: Adults & Families
  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Stability
  • Food Security: Access to Affordable and Healthy Food
  • Food Security: Emergency Food
  • Housing and Home Ownership
  • Legal Aid
  • Older Adult Support and Independence: Income
  • Reducing Barriers to Employment
  • Transitional Housing
  • Transportation
  • Volunteer Recruitment
 Current Impact

Greater Milwaukee Outcomes*

Of the adults and families who utilized United Way-funded emergency food programs:

  • 80% were able to spend money on other areas of their budget like rent and utilities.
  • 98% felt the pantry provided them with nutritious food.
  • 87% felt their family’s 3-5 day emergency food needs were met.

Of the adults and families that utilized United Way-funded emergency shelters:

  • 91% were able to get resources from the shelter.
  • 88% felt their housing situation would improve after leaving the shelter.
  • 97% felt that their basic needs were met.

Of the adults and families that participated in United Way-funded housing and homeownership programs:

  • 91% avoided foreclosure, eviction or homelessness.
  • 96% were able to maintain or secure safe and affordable housing.

Of the individuals that participated in United Way-funded reducing barriers to employment programs:

  • 90% improved their job interview skills.
  • 90% improved their resume writing skills.
  • 89% improved their job search skills.


Waukesha County Outcomes*

Of the households that participated in United Way-funded Hebron House of Hospitality, Inc. program:

  • 96% were able to live independently in the community and maintain permanent housing for a minimum of 6 months.

Of the individuals that participated in United Way-funded The Salvation Army's Community Meals Program:

  • 98% felt they were provided a nutritious meal.

*Due to the recent merger of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County outcomes for 2013-14 were collected separately. Combined outcomes will be available in late 2016.

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