“Because it's free and you guys know what you are doing. I have very limited funds.”
“Convenient and free of cost.”
“It allows patients access to service that they may not be able to afford at a convenient location.”
“Improving a poor family’s financial status will positively affect the children’s health and well-being, and if that can be achieved in a healthcare setting that’s what we should be doing.”
“Professional, very personable, knowledgeable”
Dollars Back in the Pockets of the Families who Need it Most!
Who Do We Help?
People like Beatrice*,55, who is raising her 3-year-old grandson in Boston. Beatrice earns $7,000 annually in her part-time jobs at fast food restaurants, placing her at 43% of the federal poverty level.
Two years ago, she paid $400 for private tax preparation, an amount representing 17% of her tax credit and 6% of her annual earned income. During StreetCred’s 2016 pilot, we returned 100% of her $2,400 credit, money she used to buy previously unaffordable items for her grandson, such as toiletries, fresh produce, winter blankets and a nightlight.
*Name and specific details are changed to protect privacy
What’s not to love?
Families love us…
We offer free, one-stop shopping for resources empowering families to escape poverty. By the time families leave the doctor’s office, they’ve filed their taxes and their refund money is on the way. Next up: helping families improve their finances year round, all before exiting the building.
Health providers love us…
If your patient’s throat was closing because they ate some peanut butter, you wouldn’t write them a prescription for an EpiPen and hope they make it to the pharmacy in time. You’d give them the EpiPen right there in your office! StreetCred believes lacking basic resources is an emergency, too, so we do more than make referrals–we file for support and start building assets right away, right there in the doctor’s office. StreetCred provides health providers with instant, tangible assurance because families complete applications for support in the same trip as their medical visit.
Social Services love us…
StreetCred streamlines families’ access to tax refunds, allowing social workers and other professionals to focus their limited time on helping families meet other needs. StreetCred: We don’t reinvent wheels, we just make them work better.
Communities and Local Governments love us…
When community members have more money (such as tax refunds), they spend more money. And that helps local economies. But wait, there’s more! Imagine the benefits to communities when children are healthier, doing better in school, getting better jobs, and contributing more to society. StreetCred is closing the underutilization gap for America’s most effective evidence-based anti-poverty programs.
Surveys assessing acceptability and feasibility of pilot sites.
Collaborating with experts to design evaluation of impact on stress and healthcare utilization.