The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increases in expenses, decreases in income, shifting budgets, and personal financial uncertainty for many. Philadelphia’s Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) are available to help individuals and families navigate their finances. Counselors at the FECs are currently providing virtual, one-on-one financial counseling. As always, this service is offered at no cost to you.

FEC counselors are available by phone to assist if you are experiencing job loss, temporary loss of income, or other financial hardship. FEC counselors can help

  • Develop a crisis spending plan to prioritize expenses during a reduction in income;
  • You apply for relief where it is available through lenders such as student loans, credit card companies, and banks;
  • Find additional resources for which you may be eligible; and
  • Stabilize your finances and create a plan for recovery.

FEC counselors understand the concern and uncertainty that you may have surrounding the COVID-19 effects that you are experiencing. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-FIN-PHIL (1-855-346-7445). Philadelphia’s counseling partner, Clarifi, will help you schedule an appointment and let you know what information and documents you need to have ready at the time of your appointment to get the help you need.

Making a plan to navigate financial difficulty ensures that you are making the best decisions possible during a crisis, eases the fear of uncertainty, and promotes a faster and better recovery. Don’t wait to schedule your appointment. FEC counselors can help the most when you plan early. Call 1-855-FIN-PHIL today.