Louisville Metro Government Joins with National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

At a time when nearly one in three Americans with disabilities live in poverty, the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center), Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank On Louisville are organizing a city-wide Economic Advancement Assembly to help people in the local disability community improve their financial capability and capacity.  The event, to be held on May 13th, will take place at the Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market St., between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and led by National Disability Institute, the LEAD Center seeks to improve the employment outcomes and the economic self-sufficiency of all people with disabilities. In that spirit, LEAD Center’s Economic Advancement Assembly will bring together individuals and service providers in the disability, employment, financial services, workforce and asset development communities to identify ways to work together to build a brighter economic future for people with disabilities in the Louisville Area.

“While the economy and the financial situation for many Americans have begun to rebound since the Great Recession, individuals living with disabilities continue to feel the financial squeeze,” said National Disability Institute Executive Director Michael Morris. “With so many individuals in the disability community and their families working hard to pursue their American dreams yet falling further behind, events like this are critical to ensuring all people can achieve financial independence.”

Louisville Metro Government was identified as a key partner in the LEAD Center’s effort to improve employment and economic advancement opportunities for all people with disabilities because of its commitment to bolstering the financial stability of Louisville residents as well as its inclusive approach to meeting the unique needs of low-income residents with and without disabilities.

“We have seen first-hand the critical role asset-building programs play in helping residents in our community save for the future and create long-term opportunities for themselves,” stated Tina Lentz, Executive Administrator for Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization and Project Leader for Bank On Louisville. “We look forward to meeting with so many outstanding partners at the LEAD Center’s Assembly to explore new ways we can work together to increase access to these financial empowerment initiatives for our citizens with disabilities.”

The Economic Advancement Assembly is part of the LEAD Center’s overarching goal of advancing innovative employment outcomes and greater financial stability for Americans with disabilities across the country. RSVPs are required to attend this event.

About the LEAD Center
The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities. Led by National Disability Institute, with funding through a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the LEAD Center brings together a range of organizations, thought leaders and best-practice innovators to expand employment, policy leadership and economic advancement opportunities for people with disabilities. To learn more, visit www.leadcenter.org. Engage with LEAD Center on Facebook: LEADCtr or follow LEAD on Twitter: @LEADCtr

About Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization
Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) is a community leader in the financial empowerment movement which includes launching Bank On Louisville in 2010, and creating a Financial Empowerment/economic Development division within its own department in 2013. CSR’s mission is the revitalization of Louisville Metro communities by assisting low to moderate income residents of Metro Louisville in need with economic assistance, social services, and affordable housing with the goal of making them safe and self-sufficient. More information is available at www.louisvilleky.gov/csr or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/louisvillecsr.

About Bank on Louisville
Bank On Louisville (BOL) is one of more than 70 “Bank On” institutions in the nation committed to connecting low- and moderate-income residents to mainstream financial services in order to avoid costly fringe financial services. Launched in July 2010 and led by Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization, BOL is a community initiative which also strives to increase the access of financial education offerings, including budgeting, debt-reduction and credit-building workshops. 

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