Save Up, RISE Foundation’s matched-savings account program, is designed to help low-wage earners learn to manage their income; improve their credit; save money; purchase assets such as homes, computers and post-secondary education; and even establish their own micro-enterprises.
RISE teaches participants to create a budget based on their personal income and expenses and to establish bank accounts and purchase assets. After participants complete financial education classes, RISE helps them open a special savings account that requires them to deposit $25-$75 per month for six consecutive months. After six months of saving, RISE matches each dollar saved with two dollars, tripling participants’ savings and making it possible to save a combined total of $3,000.
RISE then helps participants obtain asset-specific training as needed, at no cost to the participant. For example, those saving for homeownership are required to complete a homebuyer education workshop and attend quarterly Homebuyer Club meetings. Participants who want to start a micro-enterprise receive training with a partner agency, which prepares them to be successful small business owners. Finally, RISE will help participants purchase the asset for which they have saved up.
- Save Up applicants must be employed, preferably full-time
- Live in Memphis or Shelby County
- Be 18 years or older and head of their household
- Maintain an MHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher or be eligible for the earned income tax credit
- Have a credit score of 580 or above, necessary for homeownership
“When I first heard about the Save Up program, I thought it was too good to be true. I was skeptical at first. After attending the classes, I learned a lot about managing money better and sticking to a budget. I purchased my first home. I thank RISE for helping me to provide a better life for my children.”
– TONI, Homeowner and former Save Up program participant
To date, Save Up has
helped participants create
worth of assets.
768 total participants
have successfully graduated the Save Up program.
To date, Save Up helped
participants purchase a total of
87 computers, 137 vehicles, 76 homes and 22 college educations.
Call the Save Up information line for more information at (901) 507-8883 or call the RSVP Hotline for next class at (901) 507-8884.