Programs

Below is a list of our innovative programs and safe financial products.


Financial Empowerment Centers

The City's Financial Empowerment Centers offer FREE, one-on-one financial counseling to help you tackle debt, save for the future, open a bank account, improve credit, and much more. Financial counseling is free and confidential, and our professional counselors speak multiple languages. Learn more


Financial Education Network

OFE brings together many financial education providers, including nonprofit organizations and financial institutions, to build a strong Financial Education Network (FEN). We work together to improve the quality and accessibility of financial education for New Yorkers. Does your organization provide free or low-cost financial education? Join our Network


NYC Direct Deposit

The NYC Direct Deposit program promotes direct deposit as the faster, safer, and less expensive payment option for employers and employees. Employers can benefit from reduced operational costs while employees get a free checking account for directly depositing their pay.

Employers: Get more information
Employees: Sign up for an account


NYC Free Tax Prep

DCA coordinates the City’s annual tax time campaign to:

  • Alert eligible New Yorkers about free tax filing options and encourage them to take advantage of these free options.
  • Raise awareness about refund-boosting tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC).

If you earned $64,000 or less in 2016, use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free and keep your whole refund.


NYC SafeStart Account

The City partnered with seven banks and four credit unions to offer the NYC SafeStart Account, a safe and affordable starter account. Open a savings account



 

Some of these programs are generously supported by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which facilitates innovative public-private partnerships throughout NYC’s five boroughs. The Fund relies on individuals, foundations, and corporations to support public programs in areas including mental health, youth workforce development, domestic violence, immigration and citizenship, financial empowerment, and support for young men and women of color.

To contribute to one or more of the outlined OFE Initiatives through the Mayor's Fund, please click here; all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

If you are interested in our financial empowerment programs or have an idea for a new initiative, email us at ofe.outreach@dca.nyc.gov for partnership opportunities.