Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and Clear Channel Outdoor to unveil a campaign to raise awareness of a new partnership between the Seattle Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light which will provide households up to $200 in utility account credits for customers who complete financial counseling at the Seattle FEC.
Income-qualified customers who complete FEC counseling will receive a onetime credit to both their Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utility bill not to exceed $100.00, per account. FEC counseling consists of, but is not limited to, a financial health assessment, creation of a budget, and when applicable, a payment arrangement with both Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light. To be eligible for the account credit, household income cannot exceed 70 percent of the Washington State median income.
“The Seattle Human Services Department is proud to partner with Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities and Clear Channel Outdoor to ensure that Seattle remains an inclusive, accommodating and affordable city”, said Catherine Lester, Director of the Seattle Human Services Department. “We must take bold steps, including making City services more affordable, to ensure working class families can achieve financial empowerment”.
“We are proud to continue helping vulnerable residents take control of their futures by using our media to point them to basic financial knowledge available from financial empowerment centers. Billboards are a powerful way to reach people while also targeting specific audiences that may be heavily effected by predatory lending and lack of access to resources said Pam Guinn, president, CCOA-Washington State. “Financial literacy affects all of us in all of our communities and this campaign will help qualified families learn how to save money and reduce their debt by receiving financial counseling.”
With funding from the City of Seattle and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation the Seattle Financial Empowerment Center was launched in April 2014. HSD partners with nonprofit organizations to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence and health. Neighborhood House and El Centro de la Raza Agencies operate the Seattle FEC with Human
As part of FEC counseling, residents can complete an application for other city benefit programs such as Utility Discount Program, $20 Car Rebate Program, Seattle City Light Emergency Low Income Assistance and Project Share Programs, and Seattle Public Utilities Emergency Assistance Program. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other FEC services including obtaining a free or low fee bank account, a free credit report, debt management, free tax preparation and assistance building saving plans.
Interested utility customers should check appointment availability by calling 206.923.6555 or by checking the website at fec.seattle.gov. Spanish speakers should call 206.957.4610.
The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $99 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year. The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies with more than 675,000 displays in over 40 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Reaching millions of people monthly, including consumers in 45 of the top 50 U.S. markets, Clear Channel Outdoor enables advertisers to engage with consumers through innovative advertising solutions. Clear Channel Outdoor is pioneering the integration of out-of-home with mobile and social platforms, and the company’s digital platform includes more than 8,000 screens worldwide, with 1,175 digital billboards across 37 U.S. markets.