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Get Financially Fit in 2014

Thursday January 16, 2014

Media Contacts: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726

Get Financially Fit in 2014
City’s FREE Financial Empowerment Services Center Now Open

Free help is available for citizens pledging to save more money or get out of debt in the new year. The Financial Empowerment Services Center, a partnership between Louisville Metro Government and local non-profits, provides free, professional financial and legal counseling for Louisvillians city-wide.

The Empowerment Center is being led by Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization’s (CSR) Financial Empowerment/economic Development division, newly formed to help improve the financial stability of households by making quality financial education and empowerment services more accessible. Six local non-profits – Louisville Urban League, Apprisen, Kynect, Legal Aid Society, Housing Partnership, Inc. and Louisville Asset Building Coalition – currently share office space on a rotating basis at the Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Ave., Room 334. Click here to view the array of services offered as well as a schedule of days and times they are available.

The Empowerment Center offers counseling on topics including:

  • How to improve your credit
  • Protecting against identity theft
  • Working through a bankruptcy or foreclosure
  • Homeownership counseling
  • Free tax preparation
  • Starting an emergency fund or saving and planning for the future
  • Finding a health plan through Kentucky’s Affordable Care Act marketplace

Appointments are required and can be made by calling Alison Stuhl with CSR at 574-5191.

In addition to the Empowerment Center, CSR’s Financial Empowerment/economic Development (FEed) division includes the Bank On Louisville initiative, microbusiness development programs and financial literacy instruction. The FEed division also convenes the Financial Empowerment Provider Network (FEPN) made up of more than nine community agencies devoted to providing free or low-cost financial education classes, workshops and one-on-one counseling services at multiple community locations including libraries, Neighborhood Place sites, and non-profits such as the Center for Women and Families, Family Scholar House and St. Vincent de Paul.

For a guide to FEPN's financial education and skills-building opportunities from the Start Fresh! workshop for second chance bank accounts to classes covering interviewing and resume writing tips, click here.

"With these programs and services, we are empowering families to take control of their finances, keep what they earn and plan for their own financial future”, said Tina Lentz, Executive Administrator of CSR’s FEeD Division.

For more information about all of CSR’s financial empowerment programs and services, visit or call 574-5191.