Income and Asset Development

Income and asset development work includes strategies, programs and activities that help low- and moderate-income people increase the flow of money into their households (income), protect their income and build their total household wealth (assets).

Through our income and asset development work the Council partners with community-based organizations, low-income residents, public agencies, and the private sector to help low- and moderate-income residents build and protect their income and assets.

The Alameda County Community Asset Network (AC-CAN)

The Council founded the Alameda County Community Asset Network (AC CAN) in 2007. AC CAN is a network of service providers, public agencies, banks and credit unions, community based organizations, and base building organizations that work in partnership and with other stakeholders committed to increasing the income and assets of Alameda County residents. AC CAN’s mission is to build local capacity to create economic equity in Alameda County by working collectively with our members to develop innovative income and asset-building strategies, services, and policies.

AC CAN works to give its members the tools, capacity, and connections needed to better support Alameda County residents in preserving and building income and assets, through:

  • Needed tools and resources in the field
  • Technical assistance and trainings
  • Referrals and resource connection among partners
  • Breaking down silos across disciplines and promoting interdisciplinary asset building strategies

ACCAN is one of the first regional income and asset networks in the nation and now serves as the Network Convening Leader in the region for the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) National Asset and Opportunity Network (

In 2014, AC CAN received the Platform for Prosperity Award from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, representing national recognition of the partnership forged with the Alameda County Social Services Agency. AC CAN developed an innovative financial education curriculum, The Savvy Consumer Toolkit, to educate people about the impact of predatory financial products and practices on families and communities, the importance of credit, and local low-cost credit-building products.  The Toolkit received the 2013 Innovation Award from the California Asset Building Coalition, which named it the most promising anti-poverty strategy to scale up.

Tools from ACCAN

Online Resource Directory: Find a financial service provider in Alameda, Contra Costa or Marin Counties that offers services including: credit building, debt repair, financial counseling, and foreclosure counseling.

Banking Menu: Answer 10 simple questions to find the lowest-cost, best fit financial product (bank or credit union account) within Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties.

Savvy Consumer Toolkit The goal of the Savvy Consumer Toolkit is to help individuals build the skills to become more informed consumers and keep more of their hard earned money in their pockets and in their communities.

Current Projects

FAMILY ASSETS COUNT: AC CAN currently partners with the Center for Enterprise  Development (CFED) and Citi Community Development in the Family Assets Count (FAC) initiative. FAC’s goal is to advance municipal strategies for data-driven income and asset development by building and strengthening collaboration among leading asset building coalitions, community groups, public officials, private sector entities, and philanthropic leaders.

INCOME AND ASSET DEVELOPMENT 101: This introductory training curriculum is being designed for an audience of new staff at AC CAN member organizations and partners from other fields who are new to income and asset development, but whose work relates to income and asset development (e.g., workforce development, re-entry services etc.) IAD 101 is a two-hour interactive workshop that will provide participants with basic knowledge of the income and asset development field; information on asset development services, and on populations in need of asset building services.