Since their launch in 2008, Financial Empowerment Centers have provided free one-on-one financial advice and guidance to more than 35,000 New Yorkers at nearly 30 sites citywide. However, despite this success, Financial Empowerment Center have served far fewer than those in need. To address this service gap and execute neighborhood-level financial health interventions – which are often key to individual residents' financial health – the Mayor's Fund and Department of Consumers Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) have created the Collaborative for Neighborhood Financial Health to design and manage a community engagement process that promotes positive neighborhood financial health outcomes.
Learn more about financial counseling currently available through the Office of Financial Empowerment.
As a way to further increase the number of New Yorkers who receive financial counseling, the Mayor's Fund and the Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) obtained the support of Capital One to develop a remote financial counseling program. The program may include the ability for clients to receive financial counseling by video chat, a website to complete and transfer financial counseling forms and documents securely online. and a means to seamlessly transfer client data to OFE's existing database. The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) – one of the best performing Financial Empowerment Centers – will be implementing the remote counseling services pilot.
The Housing Help Program is a component of the Department of Homeless Services' Homebase program, working to combat housing instability and prevent homelessness by providing families facing eviction with comprehensive court-based and neighborhood-based supports – including legal, financial, and social services. With help from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor's Fund is supporting this program in the Bronx, with case management and arrears assistance provided by the Legal Aid Society and BronxWorks. Housing Help also operates in Brooklyn, through the Legal Society.
Learn more about the Homebase program on the Department of Homeless Services' website.
In July 2012, the Mayor's Fund and Department of Small Business Services opened a dedicated Workforce1 Veterans Career Center. This public-private partnership offers intensive career services, with veterans on staff to provide expertise specific to the veteran community, such as how to position and translate military experience for the civilian workforce. Center staff maintains relationships with veteran-serving organizations and with employers committed to hiring veterans. The City also provides priority job placement services for veterans at all Workforce1 Centers throughout the five boroughs.
Learn more about the Veterans Career Center on the Workforce1 website.