Financial Empowerment Resources

Do you want to take control of your finances? Improve your financial capabilities with these financial empowerment programs in New Haven. Whether it's individual financial coaching, debt consolidation, tax filing assistance, or new programs that help you reach your financial goals, there is something for you.

 CT Money School

(Connecticut Association for Human Services)

One on One Financial Coaching

CMS Financial Coaches foster the process of behavior change by providing participants with support in the development of concrete action plans, accountability toward meeting the objectives in the plan, and additional coaching and support along the way.              For more information, please contact Financial Coaching Program Associate , Jonathan Colón @ jcolon@cahs.org, or (860) 951-2212, ext. 231. Click here for more information about the program.

Free Financial Workshops

CT Money School offers free financial education classes on a variety of topics in greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford. Classes range from basic issues, such as budgeting, to more complex concepts, like savings and investing. To register for a workshop contact Denise Smith at dsmith@cahs.org, or (860) 951-2212, ext. 268. Click here to learn more.

Financial Empowerment Center

The Financial Empowerment Center in New Haven is a "one-stop shop" that is helping New Haven residents improve their financial well-being. It offers free one-on-one intensive financial counseling that includes money management, budgeting, debt relief, and tax assistance services. Click here to learn more. The Financial Empowerment Center is located at:

New Haven Opportunity Center
316 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven CT 06511
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
(203) 946-8523

Money Management International

MMI provides financial guidance, credit counseling, community-wide educational programs, debt management plan assistance, bankruptcy counseling and education services, and housing counseling assistance to consumers via phone, Internet and in-person sessions. MMI is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and offers mortgage default and reverse mortgage counseling. Click here for more information. 

Money Management International Connecticut branch is located at:

224 Mill Street, Suite 224
East Berlin, CT
06023

To make an appointment, contact the National Call Center toll-free at 866-889-9347.

New Haven VITA services

A national program, VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $54,000 a year. IRS-trained volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns, and screen customers for special tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit (Saver's Credit), that can help them to make ends meet. Visiting a VITA site instead of a paid tax preparer saves each filer an average of $200. Taxes can be filed electronically, in which case refunds are received within 7-10 days. To learn more, click here

VITA sites are located across the state of Connecticut, and are open from late January through mid-April. There is probably one in your neighborhood!To find the VITA location most convenient for you, visit the 2-1-1 website. 

SaverLife Savings Program

The SaverLife Savings Program is an online program designed to kick-start a habit of saving. It's the first step in a life-long savings journey. Clients start saving, build an emergency fund, and create sustainable strategies to continue savings in the long-term. For every month that you save at least $20, you'll earn a $10 reward. If you save at least $20 all six months of the program, you'll earn $60 in rewards. Even if you miss some months, you'll still earn $10 for each month that you saved $20. Enroll in the program online here and link your savings account! Check out the user-friendly mobile app on your smartphone.

To view a wide range of services in New Haven visit getconnectednewhaven.com


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