People work hard to provide for their families and improve their financial circumstances. And while community organizations and social services across the country invest heavily in helping them, at the same time vulnerable communities have long been targets of fraudulent, predatory financial products and services. Just as local governments play an increasingly meaningful role in financially empowering their residents, they also can play a unique role in protecting residents’ hard-earned assets.

Building off of work begun by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, and NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) then-Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, the CFE Fund was tapped to help local governments across the country develop and enhance their capacity to offer their residents consumer financial protection and empowerment. Local consumer protection agencies can augment financial empowerment gains by protecting consumer assets through licensing, regulation, enforcement, mediation, and outreach and education. Learn more about opportunities for local governments to protect their residents in the consumer financial marketplace on our new mini-site,

Since 2017, with generous funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the CFE Fund has been working to build a new movement of local government-led consumer protection efforts by supporting the launch of local offices of consumer protection, strategic planning efforts, targeted consumer financial awareness campaigns, and an ongoing national learning community.

Please contact Kant Desai, Senior Principal, with any questions or to learn more.

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