San Diego Business Journal

CHW Launches Online Financial Counseling for Hopeful Low- and Moderate-Income Homebuyers

By Mike Allen Monday, July 21, 2014

Community Housing Works, a San Diego nonprofit that helps low- and moderate-income residents buy homes, introduced an online counseling service aimed at helping clients get their finances in order.

Called E-asy Account, the service enables the client and the financial coach from the nonprofit to access real-time consumer data, including information on spending habits, credit and savings. Through the data aggregated by Mint.com, plus one-on-one support from a coach, the users can set realistic financial goals and stay motivated to achieve them, CHW said.

“This tool merges the best of both worlds — cutting-edge technology and the personalized, mission-driven support of a nonprofit — to help families of limited means unlock their full potential,” said Gabe Del Rio, CHW’s chief operating officer.

Those interested in participating in E-asy Account program should first set up an account with Mint.com, which is free. After receiving an email invitation from a financial coach, they can register for the program.

To find out more, visit www.chworks.org/e-asy.

The project was funded with a $200,000 grant from Citi Community Development.