The Centers open in March 2013 and are operated by the Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter in partnership with Clarifi, previously known as the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley. Through this grant, Philadelphia operates two Financial Empowerment Centers and four satellite locations in areas with high poverty concentrations, low educational attainment, new immigrants, new entrants to the workforce and the working poor. Philadelphia’s Financial Empowerment Centers intend to counsel 9,000 low-income Philadelphians over an initial three-year period.
Philadelphia joins Denver, Lansing, Nashville, and San Antonio in receiving the Financial Empowerment Center grants through a competitive process in which nearly fifty cities applied. These cities exhibited the most thoughtful, creative approach, as well as committed leadership and strong partnerships for replicating the model in their local communities.
We are working with partners all across Philadelphia to serve our residents. The partners include: ACHEIVEability, Campaign for Working Families, Catholic Social Services Archdiocese of Philadelphia, , Community College of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services, Congreso, Department of Licenses and Inspections, Department of Revenue, Mayor’s Office of Community Services, Municipal Services Building, Office of the Controller, Office of Housing and Community Development, People’s Emergency Center, PhillyRising, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia Works, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Women Against Abuse.
The Financial Empowerment Center model is unique in the following ways:
- Personalization – end-users receive personal, one-on-one advice from trained financial counselors who understand their specific needs and can effectively implement financial empowerment programming.
- Evidence-based – the measurable impact has been proven in New York, helping more than 19,000 New Yorkers reduce their debt.
- Replication – the unique model seamlessly integrates financial counseling into traditional anti-poverty efforts, making it easily replicable in local cities across the country.