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Increasing Financial Security Through Financial Empowerment

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Council are partnering to embed financial empowerment programs and policies into City services to improve financial security for all Columbus residents.

In July 2019, the City of Columbus was selected as one of seven cities to receive a CityStart grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. The CityStart grant provided planning dollars that initiated the development of a Financial Empowerment Roadmap.


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Financial Empowerment Roadmap: Financial Security for Women & Families in Columbus 

In September 2020, the City of Columbus released its Financial Empowerment Roadmap, a guide that details how the City can best provide financial security for Columbus residents, with a focus on women and families. The purpose of the Roadmap is to help coordinate, support, and grow Columbus’ financial empowerment services and systems.


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The Roadmap was made possible through a CityStart Grant from Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, a fund that supports municipal efforts to improve household financial stability by leveraging opportunities unique to local government. 


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Financial Navigator Program

Worldwide, families are coping with the health, economic, and social ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, the City of Columbus has launched a new Financial Navigator initiative  to provide financial guidance and strategic planning to residents strained by the current fiscal climate. Through this free public service, Columbus residents can connect remotely with a trained Financial Navigator for one-on-one guidance on managing their financial issues.

To speak to a Navigator: Request an Appointment Online or call 211.

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The Financial Navigator initiative is made possible through a grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.