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UWCGA Launches Financial Navigator Program

United Way of Coastal Georgia and the City of Brunswick have been awarded a grant through the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund to provide Financial Navigator services. The program will help residents triage personal financial issues, identify immediate action steps to manage expenses and maximize income with assistance from a Financial Navigator. Referrals are made to other services such as housing, employment, and health care. The program launched on December 14th.

“This may be one of the most important things that we can do to directly impact the lives of citizens that have been thrown in the turmoil of lost wages, housing issues, and financial crises”, said Regina McDuffie, Brunswick City Manager.  “It’s hard dealing with financial issues in normal times and as we all know times are ‘far from normal’.  Providing financial direction and resources may be the difference between having shelter and homelessness and that is significant.  We want to do everything we can to assist our residents and citizens”, McDuffie continued.

The program has been launched with support from the CFE Fund, who also provided significant technical assistance and training to launch the program in Brunswick and other cities and counties across the nation. The Financial Navigators initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Citi Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

If you or a family member needs assistance due to COVID-19, please reach out via www.finnav.org/glynn or call 912-265-1850 ext. 1.

About the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund)

The CFE Fund supports municipal efforts to improve the financial stability of households by leveraging opportunities unique to local government. By translating cutting edge experience with large scale programs, research, and policy in cities of all sizes, the CFE Fund assists mayors and other local leaders to identify, develop, fund, implement, and research pilots and programs that help families build assets and make the most of their financial resources. The CFE Fund is currently working in over 100 cities and has disbursed over $42 million to city governments and their partners to support these efforts. For more information, please visit www.cfefund.org or follow us on Twitter at @CFEFund.