Neighborhood Allies Secures $500,000 Grant from KeyBank to Support Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) County-wide Expansion

Feb 15, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the receipt of a significant $500,000 grant to bolster the expansion of the Financial Empowerment Center’s (FEC) services throughout Allegheny County. This exciting development marks a pivotal moment for our community-driven initiative in collaboration with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS). 

The FEC, a beacon of support for individuals seeking financial stability, is set to embark on an exciting year with a formal partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS). This collaboration signifies a strategic and significant leap forward, positioning us to enhance services and outreach.  

“We are deeply grateful for KeyBank’s generous grant, which reinforces our commitment to fostering economic mobility for our region’s residents. This support underscores the collective effort to empower individuals to achieve greater financial stability and resilience, ultimately advancing toward our north star goal of moving 100,000 low-income Pittsburghers up the socio-economic ladder,” said Presley Gillespie, President, and CEO of Neighborhood Allies. 

“We are proud to support Neighborhood Allies in their expansion of the Financial Empowerment Center into Allegheny County,” said Victor Laurenza, KeyBank Western Pennsylvania Market President. “Neighborhood Allies has demonstrated remarkable success in empowering individuals, and we are confident that this strategic initiative will further enhance their positive impact. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth and success of the Financial Empowerment Center, creating lasting economic opportunities for the residents of Allegheny County.” 

In the past 4+ years, the FEC has served over 2,200 residents in 7,500 sessions, resulting in 3,400 measurable outcomes. Notable achievements include 973 clients reducing delinquent accounts, 739 contributing to long-term savings, 547 clients raising their credit scores by at least 35 points, and 273 opening safe and affordable bank accounts. The total amount of savings built is $2.6 million, and the total amount of debt reduced is $6 million. 

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