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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!


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.
Read the press release 



Create an App to Help New Yorkers with Their Finances
OFE is a BigIdeas Sponsor for NYC BigApps 2014. OFE challenges the tech community to create a tool that uses gamification to engage people to track and manage their finances.
Learn more about NYC BigApps 2014



OFE Partner Capital One to Stop Using ChexSystems, Removing a Barrier to Opening Bank Accounts for New Yorkers with Low Incomes
Read statement by DCA Commissioner Menin  
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.
Read the press release 
Read Commissioner’s biography



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
View OFE presentation at event  
Learn about OFE initiatives



CFED Releases Findings of Assessing Financial Capability Outcomes Pilot in Partnership with the Treasury Department and OFE
Research Examined Impact of Integrating Access to Banking and Financial Counseling in the City’s Parks Opportunity Program

Read CFED’s “Financial Counseling & Access for the Financially Vulnerable"
   Full Report     Research Brief
Read Treasury Department's blog post 
Learn more about NYC’s Financial Empowerment Centers



Tax Day was April 15. However, you can still file your 2013 tax return for free.
Learn if you qualify to file your taxes for free 
Read Tax Credit Fast Facts
Getting a refund? Visit a Financial Empowerment Center for free one-on-one financial counseling


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.
Learn more 

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