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City of Milwaukee launches Financial Navigator Program to help those struggling amid pandemic

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 11:49:24-04

MILWAUKEE — The city of Milwaukee and Mayor Tom Barrett announced the launch of a new Financial Navigator Program on Wednesday, which will help people struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new service will begin helping Milwaukee residents on Wednesday with assistance from Riverworks Development Corporation, a local nonprofit that offers financial coaching to help Milwaukee residents reach their full financial potential.

“With COVID-19’s many challenges, it is more important than ever that Milwaukee families have the support they need to navigate resources that build and maintain financial stability,” said Mayor Barrett. “We are confident that this partnership with Riverworks Development Corporation, funded by the CFE Fund, will link many people with much-needed help.”

The Financial Navigator Program will help residents one-on-one to address personal finance issues caused by the pandemic, and identify immediate steps to help people manage their income and expenses.

The program will also point residents towards other services that can help them, like the Rental Housing Resource Center and Employ Milwaukee.

“Many people in our community are really hurting, and Riverworks is committed to helping people navigate these difficult and challenging times,” said Darryl Johnson, Executive Director of Riverworks. “Through this partnership between our Financial Clinic and the City of Milwaukee, we are hoping we can lessen the stress and pain that people are feeling.”

Residents can access the program by calling (414) 882-7440 or completing the web form at Milwaukee.gov/FN.

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