Jorge Ruiz is an OFE certified Financial Counselor working across several projects such as the HRA/OFE Jobs-Plus program in East Harlem, and SingleStop sites at Kingsborough Community College, Center for Employment Opportunities, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Prior to NYLAG, he worked for nearly four years as a financial and senior financial counselor at Urban Upbound, one of the OFE Financial Empowerment Centers in the city. In this role he provided one-on-one financial counseling, housing counseling, and workshops to clients located in the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Astoria, and Woodside Houses. Also, to clients city-wide through the 311 referral system, Workforce1 program, HUD housing counseling referral site, and HRA referrals for the One-Shot Deal. Jorge is Neighborworks certified in Financial Capability, Homeownership Counseling, and Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. He is currently working on obtaining HUD Housing Counseling certification, and is passionate about helping low-income New Yorkers achieve homeownership, a college education, and financial stability. Jorge is bi-lingual in English and Spanish, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in English from Lehman College.