Bank On Coffee Hour

Date:  Thursday, December 9, 2021
Welcoming un- and under-banked community members into financial institutions

Becky House, American Financial Solutions, Anthony Powers, Seattle Clemency Project, and Jennifer Quiroz,  Financial Empowerment Network discussed how to best welcome folks who have been historically marginalized or excluded into the financial services mainstream.

  • Understand the myths versus facts about formerly incarcerated people in our society, and how those assumptions impact their daily lives, especially in relation to financial wellbeing
  • Consider our goals as a society for what we want for people transitioning to life on the outside
  • Identify how we can impact recidivism and reintegration into society. What can we do in our role to reduce both systemic and individual barriers to mainstream financial services, products, and programs?

Coffee Hour Recording here>

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Topic: Legal Financial Obligations in Washington State

Nick Allen, Attorney with Columbia Legal Services shared new legislative updates and ways to support clients previously incarcerated with their banking needs.

Coffee Hour Recording here>
PowerPoint here>

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Topic: Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Overview

Frank Woodruff, Executive Director, National Alliance of Community Development Associations (NACEDA) and Mallory Van Abbema, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Housing Development Consortium offered suggestions for formulating ideas and strategies for crafting projects and initiatives that comply with CRA and address CRA’s goals and mission relative to specific communities. It also served as a supplement to Bank On activities and holistic solutions that are community-based, with financial institutions and stakeholders working together.

Coffee Hour Recording here>
PowerPoint #1 (NACEDA) here>
PowerPoint #2 (HDC) here>