Mayor Martin Walsh has announced the opening of the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment in Dudley Square as part of a new initiative to address income inequality and poverty in Boston.
The city-operated Roxbury center and a second financial opportunity center run by Jewish Vocational Services will provide not only job search and tax preparation assistance, but financial coaching to help individuals and families improve credit scores, accumulate savings and build wealth. The expanded and integrated services are meant to promote long-term financial stability.
“Too many Bostonians have not been able to build security,” Walsh said, addressing a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd last week inside the new center, formerly the Roxbury Resource Center, at 2201 Washington Street.
Bob Van Meter, executive director of Boston LISC, said that LISC has implemented an integrated service model in 30 cities around the U.S., and locally has partnered in Resilient Communities/Resilient Families initiatives in Roxbury, Mattapan and Codman Square.
“We view our funding of this center as part of a comprehensive neighborhood strategy that we have been supporting in Boston,” Van Meter said. “The Financial Empowerment Center is not only part of a financial empowerment strategy, but a neighborhood improvement strategy.” To read the complete article, click here.