The United Way of Acadiana will hold a series of public roundtable discussions starting Wednesday to gather feedback on what residents view as the challenges of, and their visions for, financial stability.

More than 25 percent of households in Acadiana are financially unstable, the United Way reports.

“Making ends meet sometimes means choosing between paying bills on time and putting a healthy meal on the table,” Jason Huffman, United Way of Acadiana director of organizational and impact strategies, said in a news release. “These choices can be tough.”

Through community partnerships, the agency offers several programs to assist residents in learning about budgeting and money management.

The roundtable discussions — “Your Community. Your Voice. Your Financial Stability” — are sponsored by the Lafayette Schools Credit Union. Information shared will be used to develop potential programs, such as the United Way Readers, a literacy program matching volunteers with struggling readers that was started following roundtable discussions focused on public education.

“Like education, financial stability is a main driver for Acadiana’s economic development, quality of life for its citizens and its future,” Margaret Trahan, president and CEO of the United Way of Acadiana, said in a news release. “With costs of housing, health care, child care, gas and other basics surpassing income in America, these discussions will provide the opportunity to align lasting solutions with the community’s aspirations and needs.”

The roundtables will be held:

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St., Lafayette.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at South Louisiana Community College, 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at 232-HELP/LA 211, 1005 Jefferson St., Lafayette.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Martin Hospital, 210 Champagne Blvd., Breaux Bridge.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at LSU AgCenter, 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E. St. Victor St., Abbeville.

Refreshments will be provided. If child care is needed, call (337) 706-1220.