Financial Empowerment Resources

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About Empowered NYC

EmpoweredNYC employs a multi-strategy approach, led by the City of New York, to improve the financial health and stability of people with disabilities and their families through broad community engagement, specialized training for financial counselors, educational materials for individuals, and free, professional, one-on-one financial counseling. EmpoweredNYC’s programmatic components have been tested and proven to be successful in supporting New Yorkers with disabilities and their families improve their financial health and stability. The initiative serves as a blueprint for developing accessible and trusted financial counseling and coaching programs for the disability community in cities across the nation.

EmpoweredNYC components include:

  • Large scale community engagement and outreach that include over 160 community events and the first City marketing campaign for New Yorkers with disabilities

  • Specialized training for financial counselors focused on government benefits for people with disabilities, avoiding benefits cliffs, and other financial situations specific to the disability community

  • Developing a learning community for financial counselors and financial capability service providers

  • Educational webinars informing the broader disability community on financial topics such as the benefits of saving in an NY ABLE account

  • Professional, confidential, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching offered by certified financial counselors

The impact of EmpoweredNYC was the catalyst for the creation of Empowered Cities.

Launched in 2018 and co-developed and supported by Citi, EmpoweredNYC is a collaboration among NYC MOPD, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), National Disability Institute (NDI), and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. EmpoweredNYC is built on New York City’s model for financial counseling. DCWP protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. Within DCWP, OFE is the first local government initiative in the country with the mission to educate, empower, and protect New Yorkers and neighborhoods with low incomes so they can build assets and make the most of their financial resources.

EmpoweredNYC Resources

Empowerment ED is a free monthly webinar series to train service providers, caseworkers, other professionals who work with people with disabilities to better understand and address the unique financial situations of people with disabilities. The recordings, slides, and transcript for this webinar series can be found below.

Introduction to EmpoweredNYC

Introduction to EmpoweredNYC

Money And Benefits: Why Financial Empowerment Is Critical To Work

Money And Benefits: Why Financial Empowerment Is Critical To Work

Overview of SSDI

Overview of SSDI: Benefits and Work Supports

Overview of SSI

Overview of SSI: Work Incentives You Need To Know

EmpoweredNYC: NY Able: Financial Empowerment And Able Accounts

NY Able: Financial Empowerment and Able Accounts

 What You Need To Know About Medicaid For The Disabled, Aged And Blind

What You Need To Know About Medicaid for The Disabled, Aged and Blind

The Power of Tracking Expenses

The Power of Tracking Expenses

How to Prepare for Tax Time

How to Prepare for Tax Time

Building and Improving Your Credit Score: The Importance for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment

Building and Improving Your Credit Score: The Importance for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment

Housing as a Key Stepping Stone to Financial Stability for People With Disabilities

Housing as a Key Stepping Stone to Financial Stability for People With Disabilities

Integrating Financial Capability Strategies Into Your Disability Programs

Integrating Financial Capability Strategies Into Your Disability Programs

Student Earned Income Exclusion and Plan For Achieving Self-Support (PASS)

Student Earned Income Exclusion and Plan For Achieving Self-Support (PASS)

Financial Counseling: Tales from the Field

Financial Counseling: Tales from the Field

Work Incentives in Action!

Work Incentives in Action!

Financial Empowerment Tips for COVID-19

Empowered Cities would like to thank Cities For Financial Empowerment Fund for their collaboration and for the financial empowerment tips for COVID-19 in the PDF's below. For additional information on Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund please visit https://cfefund.org.
It has never been more important to have a banking account
Safe financial measures to take during COVID-19
Engaging unbanked people about safe banking accounts