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Michelle Torres Sees Home Ownership in Her Future with Insights from Financial Counselor

“The whole experience has been very empowering. We may not have a lot of money, but now I know we have options and we can make choices towards financial stability and security. Financial skills are not a given for people in our communities, unfortunately, so we need organizations like Neighborhood Trust!”

—Michelle Torres, Financial Empowerment Center Client

Michelle used to work as an executive assistant, but because of some health challenges, she is now a homemaker and homeschooling parent to her 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Her husband works in construction. Despite being a very organized person who pays her debts on time, Michelle has big expenses, especially her food and medical expenses. In addition to the inalterable high cost of […]

Neighborhood Trust CEO Justine Zinkin Receives 2017 Social Enterprise Leadership Award

Neighborhood Trust is thrilled to announce that CEO Justine Zinkin was recognized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise! A program at Columbia Business School, the Tamer Center trains the next generation of leaders to address social and environmental challenges.

The 2017 Social Enterprise Leadership Award recognizes her work with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, which marks 20 years of serving low-income individuals this year. During her remarks, Justine highlighted empathy and collaboration as core values that have driven the transformation and success of Neighborhood Trust.

We as an organization are so grateful to everyone who has been part of this journey, and are humbled by this recognition from such a prestigious organization.

Please view the video above […]

Midtown Community Court: Restorative Justice through Financial Counseling

Neighborhood Trust’s Michelle Morillo, a Supervisor/Senior Financial Empowerment Counselor, posted a blog about her work providing financial counseling at Midtown Community Court. She writes,

“My main motivation comes from coaching others and watching them succeed. Many of them go on to gain employment, and their work with me gives them a strong foundation to rebuild trust in the financial system and accomplish their financial goals. And they feel more confident to become engaged with their families for the first time in years. That’s the most important outcome for me!”

Link: http://www.midtownjustice.org/2016/11/restorative-justice-through-financial.html

Midtown Community Court

By Michelle Morillo

Restorative justice is about more than making offenders pay their debts to society. It’s about the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. That […]

Used and Abused by the Used Car Industry

Department of Consumer Affairs and Council Member Espinal Hold Hearing to Shine Light on Consumers Being Scammed Out of Millions

NEW YORK, NY—Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. today hosted a public hearing on predatory lending in the used car industry. From crushingly high interest rates to high-pressure sales tactics, consumers are being scammed out of millions of dollars. This hearing featured testimony from consumers who have been harmed, as well as national experts on predatory lending, who together demonstrated the scope of the problem, which will inform possible solutions at the local level. The hearing was hosted in Long Island City, where there is the largest concentration of licensed used car dealerships.

“For many families, especially those with low incomes, […]

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners And FlexWage Solutions Announce Partnership to Develop WageGoal, a Trusted FinTech Product for Working Americans

WageGoal. Same Pay. More Power.

WageGoal provides budgeting, cash flow management and access to earned wages so employees enjoy more power with their existing pay.

New York, NY – September 29, 2016

Neighborhood Trust and FlexWage Solutions today announced an official partnership demonstrating the exciting potential of a mission driven non-profit and a for-profit tech company joining forces. The partnership shows a commitment to social impact, while proving market value. WageGoal, a mobile product currently in design and testing, will help employers provide employees access to their earned wages on demand, with financial guidance, to help them use the same pay with more power.

“We believe WageGoal is the most innovative financial wellness product since companies started providing 401(k) […]

City’s Tech Whizzes Should Create an Uber for the Unbanked

Massive tech-inspired reductions in the high rates of financially under-served New Yorkers are not unrealistic. Considering that 96 percent of New York city residents have a cellphone—higher than the national average—perhaps a mobile solution is a start. One model would be the approach taken by Neighborhood Trust, a Washington Heights non-profit specializing in financial literacy and empowerment for low-income New Yorkers. In concert with Cardwell Beach, a Brooklyn-based development team, they're managing to help hundreds of NYC residents access resources and track goals via mobile apps that reduce the need for face-to-face financial counseling sessions. Clients map out income and expenses, set up automated savings accounts, gain access to credit unions, and receive assistance paying off high-interest debt. [...]