Birmingham launches FREE service to help residents overcome financial hardship due to COVID-19


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CFE is helping people before COVID-19. Photo via the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Facebook page

The pandemic has caused financial hardship for many. Now, thanks to a partnership between the City of Birmingham and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE), residents of Birmingham can benefit from free services that can help them.

About the program

The program, known as Financial Navigators, offers all Birmingham residents free one-on-one help with:

  • Personal financial problems
  • Identify immediate action steps to manage expenses and maximize revenue
  • Make referrals to other services such as utility assistance, unemployment insurance eligibility, and emergency loans
Birmingham, Randall Woodfin
Mayor Randall Woodfin. Photo via Randall Woodfin’s Facebook page, taken before COVID-19.

Speaking at a press conference today, Monday, October 26, Woodfin said, “The Financial Navigator program has the knowledge to connect our people, our residents, to meet them where they are and bring them to the higher level. Their services are a resource that we are so proud to offer our residents. But it’s also a time when we feel we can give hope and direction to our residents in these difficult times.

The Financial Navigators program was made possible by a grant of $ 80,000 from the CFE Fund, which in addition to providing grants, also provided significant technical assistance and training to start the program in Birmingham and elsewhere. cities and counties across the country. This initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Citi Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

At the same press conference, CEO Jonathan Mintz of the CFE Fund said:

“This will allow the people of Birmingham to get very specific help. When people have medical issues, they don’t need a website, they need a doctor. When people are having trouble with their finances, they don’t need financial knowledge, they need an expert who can explain to them what the options are, how to set priorities, how to connect to various local and federal departments. available to make a difference.

At the CFE Fund, we are present in more than 100 cities and counties across the country, but in this particular program, [Birmingham is] in the foreground.

How to access the FREE financial browser

Access the financial browser by phone or the Internet. Photo by Meghan Schiereck via Unsplash

Birmingham residents with internet access can log into the Financial Browser by filling out this short interest form.

For residents without internet access, call 205.259.7836 and leave a message asking for help. A financial expert will call you back and help you complete the interest form.

Birmingham organizations can also refer clients directly to a financial browser.

You can find more information about the Financial Navigator here.

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