Families in Albuquerque are demonstrating that neighborhoods can be uplifted through valuing and investing in family unity and culture.
Nearly a dozen local community partners collaborated with us to spread awareness of the FII approach and galvanize community support for an Albuquerque site.
Launched in 2015, FII-Albuquerque primarily partners with families from the South Valley area. Starting a business, improving their children’s nutrition and grades, decreasing debt, buying a home, and investing in post secondary education are the most common goals of Albuquerque families. Our bilingual and immigrant families are using their collective voice to shift perceptions of their communities while fighting for their rights.
Total Number of UpTogether Fund Dollars Allocated to Families over time
Number of Touchpoints in UpTogether
ABQ Family Metrics
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc.
Average increase in monthly income
Median baseline annual income for the average family of four is $28,764/year or 135% of the federal poverty line. After two years of engagement with FII, the median annual income is $35,064/year or 164% of the poverty line.
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 65% decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP.
Liquid assets nearly triple over two years.
Albuquerque families that engage with FII for two years experience, on average, an growth in their total liquid assets from $2,175 to $5,498.
The overall economic impact of a family’s increased spending on the cash economy, government revenue, and social capital engagement is $15,180 over the two years they partner with FII.
Over the two years they are enrolled in FII, the average investment directly to a family is $3,200. A small investment has huge returns. The overall economic impact of a family’s increased spending on the cash economy, government revenue, and social capital engagement is $15,180 over the two years they partner with FII.
Hello, I am Mary Muñoz. My family started with FII in February 2015. When I was introduced to the FII project, our family was on food stamps, having economic difficulties, and lacked the time to be together as a family. Since then, I have been able to get off public assistance, move my family upward economically, and also spend more time with the kids.
Using the FII monthly data journal, we have started to focus on and achieve our goals.
My husband and I have a son.
We used FII’s Health Match to exercise and come together as a family.
By tracking and managing our money, we got off food stamps.
We used FII’s interest free loan to remodel our kitchen that I use for my home nutrition business.
As a 2016 FII Fellow, I am responsible for improving communication between FII and our community, and am increasing my access to resources and my network.
Bilingual Teacher, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School
Executive Director, Partnership for Community Action & District 11 New Mexico State Representative
President and CEO, Prosperity Works
Thousands of families across the country are shifting long-held perceptions of low-income communities and changing our practice and policy approaches to poverty. Join us as we trust and invest in their initiatives.