Financial Stability & Career Development

At United Way of Central Alabama, we know

financial stability is fundamental to a strong, vibrant community.

But, on average across our six counties, about one out of every 10 households spends at least half its income on housing and 18% of children live in poverty.

We work to advance financial stability in our region by providing utility and rental assistance to people in crisis, as well as by offering housing counseling, affordable housing options and a wide variety of job placement, training and exploration for youth and adults with barriers to employment, whether it be disability, education or age.

Our Impact in 2023


people received financial counseling, job-relevant skill training and more


Employment opportunities created/provided for persons with disabilities


Adults (19+) participated in further education or job-skills/training


Clients provided with financial services and/or budgeting training


Clients provided with housing stability services


Tax Returns Prepared for Free


Families with Children Served through Family Stability


Clients accepted legal assistance


people attended Financial Housing & Education Workshops


Households received housing counseling


United Way Housing Alliance clients served

Our Services

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

Access support and guidance to help individuals avoid losing their homes.

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Emergency Mortgage and Rental Assistance

Receive financial aid for urgent housing crises to keep your home secure.

Free Financial Workshops

Participate in workshops and access resources on budgeting, debt management and financial planning.

Free Tax Preparation Services

Get free income tax return preparation, online or in-person, to maximize refunds and ensure compliance.

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Credit Counseling

Obtain professional advice on managing and improving your credit score.

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Affordable Permanent Housing

Find stable and affordable housing options to ensure long-term security.

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Job Training and Career Coaching

Receive education for professional credentials, participate in opportunities to develop soft skills and speak one-on-one with experts who can provi…

Medical Financial Assistance

Get help covering the costs of necessary medications and treatments to stay healthy.


Get free rides to a variety of necessary appointments to mitigate the high cost of personal transportation.

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Partners & Programs

A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club
Alabama Goodwill Industries
Aletheia House
Arc of Central Alabama
Arc of Shelby County
Arc of Walker County
Birmingham Urban League
Childcare Resources
Disability Rights and Resources
Easterseals of the Birmingham Area
Easterseals of West Central Alabama

Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Kelsey’s Place
The Literacy Council
Positive Maturity
Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
United Ability
Workshops Empowerment

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Our Programs

Financial Stability is a fundamental need in order to improve the well-being of the community. United Way of Central Alabama is working in various roles by supporting programs, community partnerships and direct services — in our six county footprint, as well as across the state of Alabama — to help and support individuals to become financially stable. We do this by teaching financial empowerment skills and helping low-income people acquire stabilizing assets.

Financial Stability Services

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