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Lansing Gets $1.5M Grant for Financial Counseling

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced Tuesday the city and the Capital Area Community Services (CACS) was awarded a $1.5 million grant.

The money comes from the Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities' Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to establish a financial empowerment center. It will allow the city to deliver free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents through municipal services.

The plan is to be replicated after New York City's successful model. Lansing is one of five cities awarded the grant; others include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio.

"As Mayor of Lansing, I believe we must provide more than a band-aid to families in crisis, and I am committed to connecting Lansing's residents with tools to reach financial self-sufficiency and to climb out of poverty," said Mayor Bernero in a release.

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