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An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a four year, matched savings program designed to assist individuals in achieving self- sufficiency through financial literacy, along with asset development and retention.
For each dollar saved through the IDA program the State of Indiana will match it with three dollars, up to $500 a year. This means if $500 is successfully saved, then the State will match it with an additional $1500, totaling a combined savings of $2000.
Once enrolled in the program, participants will work with the IDA administrator from Area Five to develop a savings plan, enroll in and complete roughly 8-10 hours of Financial Literacy Training, 6-8 hours of Asset Training, and open a savings account. The funds saved in the IDA can be used on an approved asset purchases such as:
• Primary Residence
• Rehab of a an existing primary residence. Repairs must be non-cosmetic.
• Further post-secondary education or enroll in a job-certified training program that will lead to
employment or increased job knowledge making you more marketable in the job market.
• Start or expand a small business
• Vehicle purchase – Participant must not have a vehicle already and it must be for the purpose of
Applicants must be a resident of Indiana currently employed with an earned income. The program requires the ability save at least $50 per month. Applications must also meet the minimum screening requirements, including financial eligibility. Financial Literacy and Asset Specific to fund use must be complete within the 1st year of saving.
Maximum Annual Earned Income:
• One per household $25,760
• Two person household $34,840
• Three person household $43,920
• Four person household $53,000
• Five person household $62,080
*Add an additional $9,080 for each additional family member