Financial Empowerment & Advocacy

During a financial crisis, it can feel like there’s no way out. We can help.

Stagnated wages, ever-changing income and expenses, predatory lenders, increasing living expenses–All of these dynamics harm the financial security of many New Yorkers.

When these financial challenges are present, there is a limited amount of income available to pay bills (i.e. rent, hospital bills, medication expenses, child-care, etc.), put into savings, or to get food on the table. An unexpected expense or a small reduction in income can quickly become a financial crisis. Our financial empowerment services can help.


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Services & Advocacy

NYLAG’s financial counselors & coaches help clients navigate through financial crises and build long-term financial stability. Our counselors can help in the following ways:


  • Work with clients on managing, prioritizing, and paying down debt
  • Help clients create and maintain a budget, establish a savings plan, deal with income and expense volatility, and commit to a goal
  • Establish credit scores and improving credit reports
  • Provide general information on taxes, insurance, and public benefits
  • Deliver workshops and technical assistance to organizations and communities 


  • Identify and educate stakeholders on the systemic and structural obstacles contributing to the financial instability of people experiencing poverty or with low-income
  • Push for changes to the local and federal systems causing harm to these communities

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