The City of Tulsa is embedding financial empowerment programs and policies into City services to improve individual and family financial stability.
Financial Navigator Program
The City of Tulsa, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, has launched a new Financial Navigator program. Through this no-cost service, Tulsans can connect remotely with a trained Financial Navigator for one-on-one guidance on managing their financial issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, and many Tulsans are struggling with the financial strain caused by loss of business, furloughs, layoffs and more. This new program can help residents take back control and identify immediate steps that they can take to help manage their expenses, maximize income and access other available resources.
This Financial Navigators program is made possible through grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. Tulsa was selected to receive $80,000 in funding to launch and operate the no-cost program.
The City of Tulsa in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has received a grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to provide free, one-on-one financial counseling through the creation of a Financial Empowerment Center in Tulsa. The Center is expected to launch in late 2020. Watch the Video
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What does each partner do?
In January 2020, the City of Tulsa launched its Blueprint for Economic Prosperity, a guide that details how the City can best financially empower all of its residents. Residents who feel financially empowered are those who have access to asset building opportunities, banking services, financial counseling and employment.
Prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development and Policy, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the City of Tulsa’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity was made possible through a $20,000 CityStart Grant from the CFE Fund, a fund that supports municipal efforts to improve household financial stability by leveraging opportunities unique to local government.
An FEC Advisory Board has been formed, comprised of stakeholders from across Tulsa who together will seek to successfully launch the Financial Empowerment Center.
FEC Planning Team:
Krystal Reyes, City of Tulsa | Karla Davis, Goodwill Industries | Cindy Longacre, TAUW | Modi Kwanza, Goodwill Industries | Christina da Silva, Consultant | Angenette DeBose, City of Tulsa
FEC Advisory Board Members:
Dr. Thamara Barthelus, University of Tulsa | Jack Blair, City of Tulsa | Janae Bradford, CAPP Tulsa | Kelly Brader, City of Tulsa | Lani Burns, Family and Childrens Services | Andy Chapa, Arvest | Carson Colvin, City of Tulsa | Bryan Davis, Community | Michael Dodson, Tulsa Community Foundation | Tiffany Egdorf, Lindsey House | Seth Fargen, Workforce Tulsa | Jason Garner, BAMA | Tracy Manning-Gibbs, North Tulsa Community Coalition | Melvin Gilliam, Spirit Bank | Elian Hurtado, Tulsa Habitat | Larry Hood, City of Tulsa | Jeff Jaynes, Restore Hope | Lindiwe Chaza Jangira, South Tulsa Community House | Tuesday Johnson, Housing Authority | Aldi Khan, Community Partner | Tiffany King, Goodwill Industries | Deidra Kirtley, Resonance Center for Women | Senator Kevin Mathews, Oklahoma Senate Office | Nate Morris, MetCares Foundation | Tim Newton, Dream Center | Dianna Phillips, City of Tulsa | Cindy Randolph, MidFirst Bank | Gilbert Rogers, University of Tulsa | Chad Rook, Habitat for Humanity | Jaimie Sanchez, Regent Bank | Emily Scott, Tulsa Planning Office | Danielle Silva, Community | Troy Stafford, City of Tulsa | Mimi Tarrasch, Women In Recovery | Jaime Vega | James Wagner, City of Tulsa
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