Making Wages Work leverages the expertise of financial services professionals to help Greater Atlanta’s low-income and working-class families build the financial literacy they need to achieve their goals.

The Issue

Many low income and working-class families in the Greater Atlanta area do not have enough “bankability” to achieve goals like qualifying for a mortgage or funding higher education and improve their credit.

United Way's Role

United Way provides one-on-one coaching and financial education through its Making Wages Work program and products like the Money Game mobile app to help families become financially stable and able to reach their goals.

The Results

In just three years, 847 people have received financial coaching services and 725 have achieved goals demonstrating positive financial behaviors (increase income, increase savings, improved credit, reduced debt).

Making Wages Work

Lavonna’s Story:
From Homelessness to Homeowner

Make your wages work for you

You are a small business owner who needs help. The first two years have been hard, but you have made…

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