Houston Financial Empowerment Centers
Funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), the first Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) was piloted in New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008. the FEC model was replicated successfully in 2013 in Denver, Lansing, Nashville, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. In 2017, CFE Fund announced Houston in the next cohort of cities to implement the FEC initiative.
Due to COVID-19, the Houston Financial Empowerment Centers (HFEC) are currently not meeting in-person; however the HFECs know that supporting residents in managing their finances is a critical part of dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. As a part of the City of Houston’s emergency response efforts, the HFEC Financial Empowerment Centers (FEC) are offering professional remote financial counseling sessions to all residents as a free public service.
For more information on how to schedule a remote counseling session, please:
Schedule a Remote Counseling Session
The Houston Empowerment Centers Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) offer professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching as a free public service. Professionally trained FEC counselors help residents manage their money, pay down debt, increase savings, establish and build credit, and access safe and affordable mainstream banking products.
The City of Houston’s Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) are located in Complete Communities of Acres Home and Magnolia-Park Manchester. The FECs are staffed by professionally-trained financial counselors who will help individuals and families to better manage their finances, pay down debt, increase savings, establish and build credit, and access safe and affordable mainstream banking products. The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services employs the financial counselors and manages the day-to-day operations of the program.
To book an online appointment, you can also select a counselor through Youcanbook.me by selecting one of the counselors below:
- Lydia Sims- https://lydia-sims.youcanbook.me
- Noemi Flores- https://noemi-flores.youcanbook.me/ (Spanish speakers)
- Marcus Hill- https://marcusghill.youcanbook.me/
The telephone contact number is monitored by a live HFEC staff member during business hours. Voice messages and emails are returned the same day, usually within an hour. Afterhours contacts are returned the next business day.
FEC Public Service Announcement - English
FEC Public Service Announcement - Spanish