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A one-stop shop for the workforce development and asset building, Restoration's Economic Solutions Center (ESC) is a leader in advancing a holistic approach to financial independence, meeting customers where they are in terms of skills and needs.

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Economic Solutions Center (ESC) offers a one stop shop for comprehensive services including workforce development, personal and family finance, and social supports. Our integrated service model assists adults and youth, individuals and families build economic self-sufficiency through a holistic and client facing approach. We offer dynamic classes, workshops, one on one counseling, and more at no cost to the community.

 

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Financial Services

Mental Health

Social Supports

Workforce Development

Jobs Plus

Webinars

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact our customer service at (718) 636-6994, email us at services@restorationplaza.org, or click the red text above.

Financial Empowerment Center

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs partners with the Economic Solutions Center for the “Financial Empowerment Center” at Economic Solutions Center Central (ESC Central). We provide, integrated financial services, regardless or income or citizenship status, at every stage of a person’s economic life. Services include financial literacy workshops, one-on-one financial counseling, and free tax preparation services. The ESC East and North provide these services in addition to pop up financial empowerment locations in Brownsville, Downtown Brooklyn, Cypress Hills and Bushwick.

Wealth Talks: This monthly series features experienced entrepreneurs, nationally acclaimed speakers, and community leaders discussing topics relating to closing the Racial Wealth Gap, starting a business, the basics of investing, and more.

Classes & Workshops: Classes taught by instructors with topics ranging from personal finance, money management, credit maintenance, savings for education and retirement, debt reduction and investment strategies on a weekly basis. Visit Workforce Development for class dates

One-on-One Financial Counseling: Our team of professional financial counselors offer free assistance in tackling debt, improving credit scores, budgeting, and opening a bank account. To schedule an appointment, email us at services@restorationplaza.org, call us at (718) 636-6994, or schedule online.

Tax Preparation Assistance: Every year from February to May, ESC Central offers free tax preparation services by appointment to New York state residents. Preparation options include: guided self preparation and one on one preparation for families and individuals making less than $60,000 annually.

Connections to Care

The Economic Solutions Center is one of 14 community-based organizations selected to receive funding through the Mayor’s Social Innovation Fund to implement Connections to Care. Organizations like ours partner with mental health providers, train staff Financial and Customer service staff, and improve access to mental health support to clients. An on site social worker is available to address issues clients have access to mental resources when needed.

Connections to Care is the largest public-private partnership of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC, in partnership with The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have been at the forefront of addressing mental health in New York City. Initiatives such as ThriveNYC, NYCWell and Connections to Care provide community organizations the tools and resources to provide mental health solutions to the communities we serve.

Get immediate help 24/7 coping with any mental health issue by visiting NYCWell

Services:

  • Screening for stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse needs.
  • Referrals to onsite and external trained counselors and other support networks.
  • Stress Management Peer to Peer support group services (Tuesday 2-4).

Eligibility:

  • All members of the community are eligible for our mental health services.

Enroll:

  • Call customer service or simply walk in to schedule an appointment.

Contact:

  • (718) 636-6994 or email sisrael@restorationplaza.org

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A One Stop Resource Shop

The Economic Solutions Center is a “Single Stop” location that provides multiple resources in one convenient location. Social supports assist clients in achieving financial self sufficiency by connecting clients to public assistance benefits, financial counseling, and screenings and enrollments for SNAP, Medicaid, SSDI, and more. Experienced case managers can connect you to:

Housing:

  • Eviction Prevention Assistance (One Shot Deal)
  • Childcare vouchers/Head Start enrollment
  • Rent increase exemptions for seniors and the disabled (SCRIE/DRIE)
  • Heat and Energy savings (HEAP/Empower)
  • Foreclosure Prevention

Legal Assistance:

  • Licensed lawyers to address problems such as eviction notices
  • ACS/termination of parental rights
  • Social Security Disability disputes
  • Consumer Credit
  • Immigration

Financial Assistance:

  • IRS Taxpayer Services
  • One on One Financial Counseling
  • Bank Account opening

Counseling & Referrals:

  • Compassionate social workers help clients cope with domestic violence, substance abuse, and family matters

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact our customer service at (718) 636-6994 or walk in to schedule an appointment at the Economic Solutions Center Central location at 1368 Fulton Street.

Jobs Plus

The Jobs Plus program provides integrated employment services and community supports to public housing residents in order to improve their chances of securing and maintaining gainful employment. Since 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), and The Economic Solutions Center has partnered to address barriers associated with high unemployment in inner-city public housing developments.

Services Offered:

  • GED/ESOL
  • Education & Sector based training
  • Child-Support counseling
  • Social Service referrals
  • Financial Counseling
  • Mental Health referrals and services

 

Services Areas:

Economic Solutions Center North

Map - 630 Flushing Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (entrance on Tompkins Avenue through parking lot)

 

Marcy, Lafayette and Louis Armstrong housing complexes

Economic Solutions Center East

Map - 425 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

 

Economic Solutions Center East

Map - 425 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

 

Penn-Wortman Houses
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June 2020

Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Restoration is pleased to announce that our Free Tax Program has returned and can help you meet the new filing deadline of July 15, 2020! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to offer in person service but our virtual tax preparation services can be completed by phone or computer. We are here to help make it as easy as possible! Restoration’s Free Tax Program serves low-to-moderate income New York Residents that meet the following income requirements: Single, no…

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Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Restoration is pleased to announce that our Free Tax Program has returned and can help you meet the new filing deadline of July 15, 2020! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to offer in person service but our virtual tax preparation services can be completed by phone or computer. We are here to help make it as easy as possible! Restoration’s Free Tax Program serves low-to-moderate income New York Residents that meet the following income requirements: Single, no…

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Financial Counseling

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Resume and Interviewing Support

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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During this COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted our strategy recognizing that this pandemic may impact our clients’ workplaces, work design and employment stability.  We want to help you prepare for how the world of work is inevitably shifting, while being sure to keep our community safe and healthy: Resume and Interviewing Support:.  In one on one telephone sessions with our Training and Placement team, you will have the opportunity to create or update your resume and/or prepare for interviews that…

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Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 31, 2020

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Restoration is pleased to announce that our Free Tax Program has returned and can help you meet the new filing deadline of July 15, 2020! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to offer in person service but our virtual tax preparation services can be completed by phone or computer. We are here to help make it as easy as possible! Restoration’s Free Tax Program serves low-to-moderate income New York Residents that meet the following income requirements: Single, no…

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Financial Counseling

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Resume and Interviewing Support

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until June 30, 2020

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During this COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted our strategy recognizing that this pandemic may impact our clients’ workplaces, work design and employment stability.  We want to help you prepare for how the world of work is inevitably shifting, while being sure to keep our community safe and healthy: Resume and Interviewing Support:.  In one on one telephone sessions with our Training and Placement team, you will have the opportunity to create or update your resume and/or prepare for interviews that…

Find out more »

Get Your Taxes Done For Free!

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 31, 2020

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Restoration is pleased to announce that our Free Tax Program has returned and can help you meet the new filing deadline of July 15, 2020! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to offer in person service but our virtual tax preparation services can be completed by phone or computer. We are here to help make it as easy as possible! Restoration’s Free Tax Program serves low-to-moderate income New York Residents that meet the following income requirements: Single, no…

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Financial Counseling

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Economic Solutions Center Central, 1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
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Are you interested in receiving professional one-on-one service that can help you achieve shorter-term financial stability and longer-term financial goals, like homeownership? Make an appointment with a financial counselor and identify affordable banking options, create a budget, improve your credit score, reduce your debt, increase your savings and invest in retirement and/or you children's education. In addition to Restoration Plaza, financial counselors are located at other sites throughout the borough, including Flatbush, East Flastbush, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick and…

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Resume and Interviewing Support

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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During this COVID-19 crisis, we have shifted our strategy recognizing that this pandemic may impact our clients’ workplaces, work design and employment stability.  We want to help you prepare for how the world of work is inevitably shifting, while being sure to keep our community safe and healthy: Resume and Interviewing Support:.  In one on one telephone sessions with our Training and Placement team, you will have the opportunity to create or update your resume and/or prepare for interviews that…

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Webinars


Managing A Full Time Gig and Your Side Hustle: How to Recession Proof Your Career.

March 31, 2020

(COVID-19)'s spread has pushed us into sudden economic instability and raises the question: How do I continue to grow my career and build wealth?

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Real World Retirement Planning in the Coronavirus Era

March 30, 2020

Real world retirement planning explores the universal reality of retirement, as well as the many savings and investment options individuals can rely on when planning for the future. We will look at what the Coronavirus Crisis means for retirement planning and compare that to traditional financial planning that looks at each stage in a working adult’s professional life – from the twenty-somethings to the final years before retirement.

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Wealth Talk Conversation with Jennifer Jones Austin

February 26, 2020

Listen to our Black History Month Wealth Talk Conversation between Restoration's President Colvin W. Grannum and Jennifer Jones Austin, President of the Federation of the Protestant Welfare Agencies. The national anti-poverty expert and 10 year cancer survivor discusses her work, her book Pure Joy, while sharing the importance of feeling empowered in the midst of challenge and choosing a victor versus victim mindset.

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