October 14 2010 Ycabc Minutes

(October 14, 2010)

Present: Chris Bonser (DSHS), Sue Ford (US Bank), Dave Gilbreath (CCCSYV), Sylvia Martinez (IRS), Jessica Morgan (Heritage University), Amy Peters (211), Steve Loeb (VISTA), Lance Stephens (UWCW), Bill Stevens (AARP), Bruce Tabb (Elmview)

Call to Order: Dave Gilbreath called the meeting to order at 9:35AM.

Agenda: The agenda was approved as presented.

Minutes Review/Approval: Minutes from the September 9, 2010 meeting were approved as written.

EITC Committee Update: Bill reported that Magali and Len Black are going to propose a site at Heritage University soon. More wireless equipment is being allowed at tax sites, which may allow “tax site online” to be used. IRS may accelerate the release of funds for tax sites. A wireless printer and a copier would be useful to have at the tax sites. There is a management meeting on Nov 5th. Goldendale is moving their tax site. The current sites and 2-1-1’s role were reviewed. The advertising campaign for the tax program was reviewed. Prosser wants to close their site and send customers to Sunnyside - there is no site in Grandview. Bill would like to have a “kindergarten” session in Sunnyside for new volunteers - not all the volunteers decide to continue with the program after the first day. Steve has been recruiting volunteers online and will get a volunteer update from Marilyn when she returns from vacation. A volunteer at Heritage lives in Sunnyside and may be able to work there. The Heritage volunteer pool may also work at Sunnyside. When the Heritage site was up previously, it was doing 300 returns per year. Nuestra Casa will be an adequate site for next year. The IRS is ordering outreach materials to pass out to us. Bill is using space at the jail for trainings. January 28th is officially earned income tax credit day.

Bank on Yakima County Update: Key Bank and AmericanWest Bank are still showing interest in joining Bank On. The financial incentive program was discussed. We are going to launch a new round of advertising promoting it and the Bank On program, with most of the funding coming from a Federal grant from the HHS for $5,500. We may be able to sponsor around 200 participants. Turnout at financial literacy classes in the past has been unpredictable, but the incentive concept has worked well in the past for other financial literacy classes.

Update on VISTA Sponsorship: Dave reported that six VISTAs have been selected for positions at the Yakima County, with two more pending. Timetable reviewed. Recruiting for the YCABC VISTA position will begin soon.

Monthly Budget Review: In line with state cuts, our budget of $30,000 got reduced by about 6.3%, which is less than $2000. We’ve spent about $1,500 so far.

Potential Areas for YCABC Expansion: Overviewed and discussed the Individual Development Accounts (IDA) concept. IDA accounts can be used for education, small business, or home ownership expenses. We need to find a local match for funding if we are going to implement them. They require case management, and we would need to start with a small amount. Assets for Independence (AFI) provides grants. An AFI grant may make our program more sustainable in the long term. We would like to bring someone from WA Cash or another knowledgeable program to consult with us. We can use well-established criteria, such as those used at CCHS, to determine criteria. IDAs may also tie in with the Land Trust.

Legislative Update: Dave and Steve provided an overview of the legislative priorities discussed at the WABC meeting held in Federal Way on Oct 9, 2010. The WABC has proposed the following priorities for 2011:
• EITC Outreach and Local Asset Building Coalitions
• Allow Financial Institutions to Reward Savings
• Mortgage Protection
• Individual Development Accounts

Expanding YCABC Membership: Discussions continued about how to expand membership. Dave reported that Habitat for Humanity, OIC and Yakima Farm Workers Clinic has indicated they would like to start participating in our monthly meetings.

Chair Elect: Chair Elect, Sue Ford, from US Bank attended today’s meeting.

Other Business: Discussed the upcoming HUD sponsored Home Ownership/Foreclosure Prevention Housing Fair on Oct 23 in Granger (Radio KDNA); event runs from 10:AM to 4:00PM and is designed to provide information for new home buyers, as well as provide information for homeowners who may be struggling with their current mortgages

Next Meeting: The meeting adjourned at 10:30am. Next Meeting: Thursday, Nov 18, 9:30-10:30AM at People for People.

Recorded by,

Steve Loeb
Americorps VISTA