Ways & Means

STRONG COMMUNITIES THROUGH FINANCIAL SUCCESS
Delivering on the Promise:
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Poor communities in America are renovned lor the problems they conlront.
Jhey are lorced to support a dauntingly disproportionate burden. dencient
education. limited transportation. inadequate healthcare. underemployment.
job stagnation. high incidence ol obesity. crime. drug abuse.
As mixed-income communities replaced poverty
concentrated ancestors, integration across a range
of incomes and strict screening helped to combat the
centralization of crime. These communities are far safer
than their predecessors. They increase the property tax
base and hold out the future possibility of improved public
education. They bring with them large capital investment
and improved infrastructure.
They also introduce a new set of desires and concerns:
retirement savings, educational loans, home-ownership,
sub-prime mortgages. And still the same old worries
– defcient education, limited transportation, inadequate
healthcare, underemployment and job stagnation, obesity,
crime, drug abuse.
The people in these communities need assistance. Where
to start? What to do? How to assist? Nurture or enable?
Questions of paternalism rise quickly to the surface.
Priorities are examined.
One theme – a lack of resources – seems to act as an
amplifer to all of these problems. This is manifested
in a lack of money, money management problems, and
the high cost of being poor. These issues cut across
the income ranges in our communities. It is at the
center of The Community Builders’ relationship with our
residents and addressing it goes to the core of enabling
our residents to improve their lives. We believe that by
attacking this problem we equip our residents with the
most potential to address the myriad other life problems
they might confront.
Lack of money manifests itself in learned habits and
techniques. These behaviors and the associated
isolation from secure fnancial relationships construct
a cyclical history of insurmountable debt. This is an
enormous impasse to sustained success in the market.
It is a downward spiral that can easily dispel the gains
of a generation.
This social remove from the patterns and places that
defne fnancial success serves to exacerbate all
of the other very real problems that intersect life in
our communities.
Jhis is vhere Ways & Means intercedes.
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Ways & Means provides access to
nnancial tools and helps to build behaviors
ol success. It enables the construction ol
a positive relationship to money that is
lounded upon trust. mutual benent. and
earned privilege. It enables individuals to
achieve true nnancial success.
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Jhrough Integration
INTERSECTION wITH ExISTING PATTERNS AND EvERyDAy bEHAvIORS
Jhrough Immediacy
AUTOMATIC INvOLvEMENT AND EASE OF ACCESS
Jhrough Individual Impact
PERSONAL PROFIT AND DIRECT RELEvANCE
How does ways & Means put fnancial success at the heart of these communities?
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‘Jake my money’
The Property Manager is often seen as a landlord
who interacts with the tenant mainly as the agent
for collection of rent.
TODAy
‘Help me keep my money’
The Community Manager is a fnancial advisor
who interacts with the tenant in a collaborative
relationship where mutual beneft is the
explicit goal.
TOMORROw
At the center ol the community
sits the leasing center.
It discourages lingering. Its functionality centers on
fulflling work orders and collecting rent.
Think: Doctor’s offce
TODAy
At the center ol the community
sits the Exchange.
It’s a social space that fosters connections
made through habit, happenstance and personal
association. It embodies The Community Builders’
commitment to invest in their residents’ futures. It
is a place for meeting a friend, solving a problem
and seeking advice.
Think: Coffee shop + book store + bank
TOMORROw
A Ways & Means Iuture
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A newsletter
This is distributed every month. It’s a top-down
communication vehicle to apprise the residents of
services and programs. It offers canned advice on
topics like ‘taking salt out of soup’, and ‘softer laundry’.
In residents’ homes, it sits unread if not discarded.
TODAy
An Online Forum
is continuously updated.
The Forum is a connector that bridges the
community to existing services and offerings,
and most importantly, to each other. Community
directories help people meet – on their terms and
in their time. They foster connections through
affnity and allow people to remain anonymous.
The Forum is a resource that is created by users.
TOMORROw
\ocabulary ol Need
Money orders
Payday loans
Check cashing
Minimum payments
TODAy
Words ol Wealth
Net worth
Investments and Returns
Dividends
Long-term Savings
TOMORROw
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What is Ways & Means.
It is the character ol the community.
It is a netvork ol physical. nnancial and
social connections.
It is a set ol tools that help bring
residents tovard nnancial success.
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what will Financial Success look like?
Increased Stability
Financial success will allow families to better manage fuctuations of income and ensure they have resources
to overcome temporary setbacks. Firmly established in the market through new relationships and new access
to capital, residents will have the strength to think long-term.
Measurements include: increase in formalized banking relationships, on-time rent payment, improved credit
scores, access to mainstream lines of credit, debt reduction
Increased Potential
The skills and connections made possible by Ways & Means will be leveraged for extension into the wider
marketplace. Residents will develop the fnancial savvy to move to new careers and increase their incomes.
Measurements include: wage growth, college attendance, college graduation, improved elementary and
secondary school test scores, increased individual participation in community activities
Increased Assets
Equipped with personal fnancial reserves, residents will have the resources to fund their dreams for the
future. The networks established through Ways & Means will provide the support for residents to map realistic
strategies to achieve those dreams.
Measurements include: establishment of savings & investment accounts, increased savings, homeownership
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Jhese are the tools and their lunctions.
Jargeted Jools
These tools explore the possibilities for working with
particular resident segments. They are illustrations of an
open-source, demand-driven structure that can expand
based on resident desires and needs.
Jhe Ioundation
These three tools establish the foundation of ways &
Means and are essential to its successful implementation.
Jhe Culmination
This tool fundamentally restructures and redefnes the
community. It becomes possible only after the core of
ways & Means has been implemented and embraced.
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Knovledge Economy
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THAT INFORM AND EMPOWER
Community Cache
FREEDOM FROM PREDATORY PRACTICES
Nev Lease on Lile
MOvE IN TO MOvE OUT DEBT FREE
Netvorked Net Worth
A REAL STAKE IN THE COMMUNITY
Learn to Save
REWARDING SUCCESS IN EDUCATION
Going Public
EvENTS TO LAUNCH TEENS INTO THE MARKETPLACE
Career Builder
FREEDOM TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS
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Jhis toolkit enables Ways × Means
to provide pathvays to success lor the
entire community. It allovs residents to
map their desires to real ollerings.
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It’s not a program. it’s not a service –
Ways × Means is an opportunity.
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And still the same old worries – deficient education. These issues cut across the income ranges in our communities. These communities are far safer than their predecessors. educational loans. We believe that by attacking this problem we equip our residents with the most potential to address the myriad other life problems they might confront.Poor communities in America are renowned for the problems they confront. high incidence of obesity. This is an enormous impasse to sustained success in the market. home-ownership. and the high cost of being poor. Lack of money manifests itself in learned habits and techniques. As mixed-income communities replaced poverty concentrated ancestors. obesity. They increase the property tax base and hold out the future possibility of improved public education. It is a downward spiral that can easily dispel the gains of a generation. One theme – a lack of resources – seems to act as an amplifier to all of these problems. This is where Ways & Means intercedes. job stagnation. This is manifested in a lack of money. Where to start? What to do? How to assist? Nurture or enable? Questions of paternalism rise quickly to the surface. This social remove from the patterns and places that define financial success serves to exacerbate all of the other very real problems that intersect life in our communities. crime. crime. limited transportation. inadequate healthcare. limited transportation.  . drug abuse. integration across a range of incomes and strict screening helped to combat the centralization of crime. sub-prime mortgages. inadequate healthcare. It is at the center of The Community Builders’ relationship with our residents and addressing it goes to the core of enabling our residents to improve their lives. These behaviors and the associated isolation from secure financial relationships construct a cyclical history of insurmountable debt. drug abuse. They bring with them large capital investment and improved infrastructure. The people in these communities need assistance. underemployment. They are forced to support a dauntingly disproportionate burden: deficient education. underemployment and job stagnation. They also introduce a new set of desires and concerns: retirement savings. Priorities are examined. money management problems.

It enables individuals to achieve true financial success.  The Community Builders | Ways & Means . mutual benefit. It enables the construction of a positive relationship to money that is founded upon trust.Ways & Means provides access to financial tools and helps to build behaviors of success. and earned privilege.

How does ways & Means put financial success at the heart of these communities? Through Integration INTERSECTION wITH ExISTING PATTERNS AND EvERyDAy bEHAvIORS Through Immediacy AUTOMATIC INvOLvEMENT AND EASE OF ACCESS Through Individual Impact PERSONAL PROFIT AND DIRECT RELEvANCE  .

It’s a social space that fosters connections made through habit. happenstance and personal association.A Ways & Means Future TODAy TOMORROw ‘Take my money’ The Property Manager is often seen as a landlord who interacts with the tenant mainly as the agent for collection of rent. It discourages lingering. solving a problem and seeking advice. Think: Doctor’s office Think: Coffee shop + book store + bank  The Community Builders | Ways & Means . At the center of the community sits the Exchange. TODAy TOMORROw At the center of the community sits the leasing center. It is a place for meeting a friend. It embodies The Community Builders’ commitment to invest in their residents’ futures. ‘Help me keep my money’ The Community Manager is a financial advisor who interacts with the tenant in a collaborative relationship where mutual benefit is the explicit goal. Its functionality centers on fulfilling work orders and collecting rent.

Community directories help people meet – on their terms and in their time. it sits unread if not discarded. TODAy TOMORROw Vocabulary of Need Money orders Payday loans Check cashing Minimum payments Words of Wealth Net worth Investments and Returns Dividends Long-term Savings  . to each other. They foster connections through affinity and allow people to remain anonymous. and most importantly. An Online Forum is continuously updated. The Forum is a connector that bridges the community to existing services and offerings. and ‘softer laundry’. It offers canned advice on topics like ‘taking salt out of soup’. The Forum is a resource that is created by users. In residents’ homes. It’s a top-down communication vehicle to apprise the residents of services and programs.TODAy TOMORROw A newsletter This is distributed every month.

It is a network of physical.  The Community Builders | Ways & Means . financial and social connections.What is Ways & Means? It is the character of the community. It is a set of tools that help bring residents toward financial success.

improved credit scores.what will Financial Success look like? Increased Stability Financial success will allow families to better manage fluctuations of income and ensure they have resources to overcome temporary setbacks. homeownership  . debt reduction Increased Potential The skills and connections made possible by Ways & Means will be leveraged for extension into the wider marketplace. residents will have the resources to fund their dreams for the future. Measurements include: establishment of savings & investment accounts. increased savings. increased individual participation in community activities Increased Assets Equipped with personal financial reserves. Firmly established in the market through new relationships and new access to capital. access to mainstream lines of credit. Measurements include: increase in formalized banking relationships. Residents will develop the financial savvy to move to new careers and increase their incomes. college attendance. The networks established through Ways & Means will provide the support for residents to map realistic strategies to achieve those dreams. college graduation. Measurements include: wage growth. on-time rent payment. residents will have the strength to think long-term. improved elementary and secondary school test scores.

These are the tools and their functions: The Foundation These three tools establish the foundation of ways & Means and are essential to its successful implementation. This tool fundamentally restructures and redefines the community.  The Community Builders | Ways & Means . They are illustrations of an open-source. The Culmination Targeted Tools These tools explore the possibilities for working with particular resident segments. demand-driven structure that can expand based on resident desires and needs. It becomes possible only after the core of ways & Means has been implemented and embraced.

Knowledge Economy COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THAT INFORM AND EMPOWER Community Cache FREEDOM FROM PREDATORY PRACTICES New Lease on Life MOvE IN TO MOvE OUT DEBT FREE Networked Net Worth A REAL STAKE IN THE COMMUNITY Learn to Save REWARDING SUCCESS IN EDUCATION Going Public EvENTS TO LAUNCH TEENS INTO THE MARKETPLACE Career Builder FREEDOM TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS  .

0 The Community Builders | Ways & Means . It allows residents to map their desires to real offerings.This toolkit enables Ways & Means to provide pathways to success for the entire community.

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