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Video: Summer Jobs Connect – COVID-19 Didn’t Stop SYEPs

Each year, over 110,000 young people work summer jobs and are supported through financial education, banking access, and other financial empowerment resources as part of the CFE Fund’s national Summer Jobs Connect (SJC) initiative, supported by the Citi Foundation. 

Over 50 Cities and Counties Offering Financial Counseling or Navigation Services To Build Resident Financial Stability During COVID-19

In this August 2020 press release, the CFE Fund announced that more than 50 city and county governments across the country will expand financial counseling and financial navigation services for their local residents in need.

Meeting the Emergency Moment: Key Takeaways from Delivering Remote Municipal Financial Counseling Services

Local governments across the country are working to help their residents weather the health and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cities and counties, that means deploying their Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs), which provide professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a public service.

Navigating From a Good Idea to Public Financial Empowerment Commitments: An Outline of the CityStart Process

This brief, Navigating From a Good Idea to Public Financial Empowerment Commitments, outlines the experiences of the past two CityStart cohorts in moving from general interest in financial empowerment to concrete commitments to municipally-led efforts.

The Supervitamin Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 20

This issue, Issue 20, details the CFE Fund’s and city partners’ response to COVID-19. Financial Empowerment Center initiative partners pivoted to remote counseling; the CFE Fund announced a new program, the Financial Navigator initiative, to help cities provide remote financial triage and referrals; and Bank On coalition partners shared information about safe bank and credit union accounts that could be used to receive stimulus and other emergency payments.

New Cities Selected to Launch Local Consumer Financial Protection Efforts

This press release announces the second cohort of the Local Consumer Financial Protection initiative, generously supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Chattanooga, TN; Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Shelby County, TN; and St.

COVID-19 Resources

The CFE Fund has a number of supportive resources related to COVID-19! This page lists all safe and affordable accounts certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards that can be opened online.

CFE Comment Letter to the FDIC on Reform of the Community Reinvestment Act

The CFE Fund submitted a comment letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in response to their request for comment on the proposed reform of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

The Supervitamin Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 19

This issue, Issue 19, includes new highlights from the second CityStart cohort, exciting program updates from the growing Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) and Bank On national movements, as well as grant opportunities for the CFE Fund’s Local Consumer Financial Protection, Summer Jobs Connect, and newly-launched Wages Connect initiatives.

Making the Case for Banking Access: Talking to Unbanked People about Bank Accounts

Research brief on effective strategies for communicating with unbanked populations.