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 of 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, 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.