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About Economic Development

Economic Development

Overview

In recognition of the many challenges faced by low income immigrants and refugees in achieving financial security, the Alliance for African Assistance provides ongoing assistance to community members in need as they navigate their way through the complexity of U.S. financial systems. The mission of the Economic Development Program is to provide holistic educational and supportive services to immigrants, refugees, and low income individuals and families residing in the San Diego community through workshops, trainings, and counseling in financial literacy and micro enterprise. The overarching goal of the Economic Development Program is to empower marginalized community members in order to improve the economic stability of low income individuals, families, and their host communities.

The Economic Development Department consists of four fundamental programs:

  • Microenterprise Child Care Program
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
  • Bridge Fund Emergency Loan Program
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) Program