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 (http://assetsandopportunity.org/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.