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Budgets, banking, loans and taxes are important pieces of the puzzle to understanding your money. DCA's OFE will show you ways to Get, Manage, Save, and Protect your money, provide important information about Debt and Credit, and help you Find a Counselor or Class so you can piece the puzzle together!


DCA Releases New Report on Effectiveness of Financial Counseling at Social Service Organizations
Initial findings of Building Financial Counseling into Social Service Delivery: Research and Implementation Findings for Social Service Programs indicate that individuals in workforce development programs who received financial counseling were more financially stable and achieved better social service outcomes than comparison group clients who did not receive financial counseling.
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We've helped New Yorkers...
Tackle debt • Save for the future • Open a bank account • Improve credit
We can help you, too!
DCA’s public awareness campaign, "You Can...," features the success stories of real New Yorkers who got free one-on-one financial counseling at an NYC Financial Empowerment Center. Schedule an appointment today at one of the nearly 30 Centers in all five boroughs.
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OFE Partner Capital One to Stop Using ChexSystems, Removing a Barrier to Opening Bank Accounts for New Yorkers with Low Incomes
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Read press release by Attorney General Schneiderman



Mayor de Blasio Appoints Julie Menin as DCA Commissioner
A former small business owner, regulatory attorney, and community leader, Commissioner Menin will lead the administration’s engagement efforts with businesses and consumers to ensure the City’s consumer protection laws are followed, inspector fines are fairly levied, and consumer complaints are handled quickly and efficiently.
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DCA Joins U.S. Department of State, Organization of American States, and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to Share Strategies from Financial Empowerment Work with Latin American and Caribbean Governments at Two-Day Conference
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NYC Direct Deposit: The Faster, Safer, Less Expensive Payment Option for Employers and Employees 
Through the NYC Direct Deposit program employers can benefit from reduced operational costs while employees get a free checking account for directly depositing their pay.
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