In April, the NYLAG joined forces with Jobs-Plus, a workforce development program for residents of New York City public housing and has since served over 150 members. Working with professionals offering job training and placement, NYLAG’s experienced financial counselors offer free, confidential services to Jobs-Plus members who encounter short-term financial crises and/or require assistance with long-term financial planning. Their work complements the Jobs-Plus career services, by equipping members with the personal financial knowledge and skills to help them improve their lives through financial empowerment.

“NYLAG is pleased to be one of the selected providers of the financial counseling component of this program,” said Doug Ostrov, Director of Financial Counseling Division at NYLAG. “The program is about empowerment, which in this case will be a result of the combination of career services and the financial literacy that it takes to become independent.”

NYLAG services include helping members access affordable banking solutions, increase or build credit scores, decrease debt, increase savings, and manage income to maintain affordable housing. NYLAG counselors work at the Hostos Community College Jefferson Housing site in Harlem, and the Goodwill Industries site in the Bronx.

Jobs-Plus is supported by the Human Resources Administration in partnership with the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, the Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), and the New York City Housing Authority.

NYLAG’s partnership with New York City’s OFE began in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, when NYLAG was selected to provide financial counseling services at the Coney Island NYC Restore Center for disaster response work. Since then, NYLAG has become an OFE Network Agency and all NYLAG financial counselors have earned the OFE certification through an intensive financial counseling course at CUNY.