Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation

Mar 22, 2013



Lansing is one of only five other cities that include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio, that received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center.
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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

Amber Paxton, Director of Lansing’s Office of Financial Empowerment, and Velma Kyser of Capital Area Community Services, who is the center’s Program Manager, talk with Current State about the center.