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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Financial Empowerment Center

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Financial Empowerment Center



dfec group 920-082619From the left: Chelsea Neblett, Detroit Financial Empowerment Manager, Eric Sabree, Wayne County Treasurer, Derrick Kennedy, Financial Counseling Recipient, Lakesha Biggs, Wayne Metro Financial Counselor, Louis Piszker, Wayne Metro CEO, Shannon Smith, JPMorgan Chase. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us USA News Network)
The Detroit Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) offers professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a free public service to enable residents to address their financial challenges, needs, and plan for their futures. The FEC is in partnership with the City of Detroit, Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.

Residents receive free, one-on-one professional counseling assistance with money management, budgeting, reducing debt, establishing and improving credit, connecting to safe and affordable banking services, building savings, and referrals to other services and organizations.

Financial Empowerment Center counselors can help you:
  • Take control of your debt
  • Deal with debt collectors
  • Improve your credit
  • Build your savings
  • Create a budget
  • Find safe and affordable financial products
  • Other services based on your needs

Professionally trained counselors support their clients in navigating complex financial challenges and choices, helping them identify and meet present challenges and future ambitions. Counseling services are integrated into other social services including housing and foreclosure prevention services, workforce development, prisoner reentry, benefits access, and more.

All counseling services, including credit report analysis, are free of charge. There are no income limits or residency requirements. Interpreting and translation services are available upon request. The Detroit Financial Empowerment Center is funded by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, JPMorgan Chase, Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, and the Skillman Foundation.

Check out the video below for more FEC highlights:

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Video features: Louis D. Piszker, CEO of Wayne Metro; Eric Sabree, Wayne County Treasurer and
Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. Video courtesy of The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office.
To read Wayne Metro’s press release regarding the FEC kick-off event, click below:
Wayne Metro Launches FEC 


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