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City to open Financial Empowerment Center

Contributed • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:45 PM

An open house is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4. The center is located at 20 N. Fifth St.

Available to citizens of Ottawa County, the center offers free one-on-one professional financial counseling to help consumers take control of their finances by dealing with debt, improving their credit, creating a spending plan, and gaining access to safe and affordable financial products.

Services will be combined with integration partners such as Ottawa County Michigan Works, Job Seekers and the state’s Department of Human Services. The center also interfaces with the city’s existing housing services that include down payment assistance, home maintenance and repair grants, and housing counseling services.

“If we can help people take control of their finances by giving them the tools to financial independence we have provided an important service for those of our community that are still struggling in this new economy,” McCaleb said.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling Grand Haven’s Neighborhood Housing Services at 616-935-3270.

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