Through Single Stop, a Robin Hood Foundation funded initiative, NYLAG offers comprehensive on-site financial counseling to help Single Stop clients increase their financial literacy, create solid financial plans, and ultimately achieve lower debt burdens, higher credit scores, and increased savings.  The project is delivered in tandem with the coordinated suite of Single Stop services, a model with which NYLAG is expertly familiar. NYLAG financial counselors work one-on-one with clients to:

  • Develop a detailed budget that identifies the client’s income needs based on short-term and long-term financial goals.
  • Download a credit report to review the client’s credit history and provide education on credit improvement strategies in order to increase his/her chances of securing employment, obtaining loans and other consumer products at lower interest rates, and gaining access to housing.
  • Address consumer debt issues, including identifying potential delinquencies on credit card debt, rent payments, and medical, tax, or other bills. Financial counselors contact banks, creditors, and/or collection agencies on behalf of or in conjunction with clients to negotiate payment terms.
  •  Identify and access safe and affordable banking and tax products to facilitate money management and saving. This includes pre-tax planning, free tax preparation and adjustments to withholdings.
  • Access public benefits, including food stamps, unemployment, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and health insurance.

In addition to these traditional services, NYLAG also provides financial strategies to address two emerging issues for low-income New Yorkers—assessing the financial implications of and budgeting for the range of low-cost health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, and advising those with student loan debt about the many individual remedies available for those with unsustainable repayment plans.

NYLAG CUNY Single Stop Project

In partnership with Single Stop and seven City of New York (CUNY) community colleges, NYLAG offers comprehensive on-site financial counseling to help students address barriers to completing post-secondary education. In addition to the traditional Single Stop financial counseling services outlined above, NYLAG helps students avoid future debt burdens and prepare to manage their student loans after graduation. Click here to read more.

NYLAG financial counseling Single Stop Sites

Location Date/Time
Borough of Manhattan CUNY
199 Chambers Street, Rm. S235
Borough of Manhattan CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
Bronx CUNY
2155 University Avenue, Loew Hall Rm. 123
Bronx CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
Center for Employment Opportunities
32 Broadway, 16th Fl., Manhattan
Mondays 9:30 am -1:30 pm
Center for Family Life
443 39th Street, 3rd Fl., Brooklyn
Thursdays 10:00 am -1:00 pm
District Attorney, New York County
100 Centre Street, rm. 231, New York, NY 10013
Wednesdays 2:00 pm -5:00 pm
Goddard
140 West 140th Street, Manhattan
Tuesdays 12:30 pm -5:30 pm
Good Shepherd Services
503 5th Avenue, 4th fl. #4A Brooklyn
Every other Thursday  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt Street, Manhattan
Thursdays 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Guttman CUNY
50 West 40th Street, Rm. 018
Guttman CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
Harlem Children’s Zone: Booker T. Washington
2059 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Manhattan
Second and fourth Wednesday 2:00 pm -7:00 pm
Harlem Children’s Zone: Employment and Technology Center
304-318 West 117th Street, Manhattan
First and third Monday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Harlem Children’s Zone: Family Development Program
34 West139th Street, Manhattan
Every other Thursday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Henry Street Settlement
281 East Broadway , Manhattan
Every Wednesday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hostos CUNY
120 E. 149th Street, Rm. 102
Hostos CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
Kingsborough CUNY
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Rm. V101e
Kingsborough CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
LaGuardia CUNY
31-10 Thompson Avenue, Rm. C-107
LaGuardia CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
New York Common Pantry
8 East 109th Street, Manhattan
Third Friday of every month 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Queensborough CUNY
222-05 56th Avenue, Library Rm. L-432A
Queensborough CUNY students only, contact school for appointment
Westchester (SUNY)
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, New York 10595
Westchester (SUNY) students only, contact school for appointment
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
263 West 86th Street, Manhattan
Wednesdays 9:00 am -1:30 pm
Women in Need
51 Junius Street, Brooklyn
Second and fourth Monday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm