The Individual Development Account, or IDA, is a special savings account to help individuals with modest income save money to invest in post-secondary education, business, specialized employment training or equipment, or vehicle.
The IDA program is a 3:1 matched savings program. This means that for every $1 you save, the program will match it with $3. If you save a maximum of $3,000 and fulfill the program requirements, you will earn a match of $9,000—for a total of $12,000.
Read this flyer to ensure you are eligible—there is an income limit as well as a limit of personal assets of $20,000 (not including one house, one vehicle and up to $60,000 of retirement savings). If this is unclear, contact the NEOEDD office.
Información sobre Cuentas Individuales de Desarrollo aquí. Las formas están disponibles en español.
In order to apply, you must:
- Fill out the Application, Personal Development Plan, and Savings Plan Agreement forms.
- Provide proof of county residency (usually a driver’s license or utility bill). Note: NEOEDD can only work with residents of Baker, Union, or Wallowa counties. If you live elsewhere in Oregon, check CASA of Oregon/VIDA’s website to find a service provider near you.
- Provide past two months’ income documentation (either pay stubs or a P&L statement for self-employment) and the most recent tax return for the household.
- Pay a $25 application fee to CASA of Oregon (the sponsoring organization for this program). You will receive instructions on how to do this once NEOEDD staff have reviewed your application.
Please make an appointment with NEOEDD to remit these items and ask questions about the process. The program has a variety of supplemental requirements; see the IDA FAQs for more information.
The Client Information page has more information for existing IDA savers.