Sense & Centsibility Blog

Integrated Career & Financial Services

Recently the Eastside Financial Center (EFC) and its full range of integrated financial counseling and employment support services have relocated to a new home at 709 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104 in the Lifetrack building.

While we will be leaving our Eastside building and will no longer use the name “Eastside Financial Center,” we will maintain our strong partnerships in the area and continue our community-based approach.

As a location of LSS Financial Counseling, we will meet the needs and aspirations of individuals with low-to-moderate incomes, and services will remain available to everyone regardless of income. Many of our counselors are bilingual and we will continue to offer support at the new location in English, Hmong and Spanish.

We see a high value in offering a unique set of products and services to a community that is under served by financial institutions so that people in this community can have a better chance at building financial assets, meeting their own financial goals while becoming part of the financial mainstream.

The hope and design of these services is to appeal equally to those having little or no bank interactions to middle-income customers. We will continue to connect customers to other supportive services to help them establish financial stability to meet financial emergencies. Through education programs and debt and credit counseling services, we will help community members develop personal financial management skills to protect, sustain and grow assets.

Our current offering includes a focus on the healthcare field through a financial lens. We employ a continuum of services to help people achieve financial wellness, whether that be through financial education, employment, financial products or asset building.

Services at the University Avenue location include:

Financial Counseling

Providing assistance with budgeting, credit card and student loan debt, credit report review, and services to help you keep your home or prepare to buy a new one.

Healthcare Careers Program

Pairing career support for job seekers looking to enter or advance in the healthcare industry with financial counseling.

Financial Products

Staff provide information about and getting started with Checking and Savings Accounts (in partnership with Sunrise Banks), or a Credit Building Loan (in partnership with Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers), to help individuals and families manage debt and improve their finances.

Customized Matched Savings

LSS offers this service to organizations and their participants to help them build assets to create a more secure financial future and increase financial wellness.

Customized Matched Savings is a service available currently to Twin Cities employers and providers.

Author Viva Yang is a Senior Program & Communications Manager with LSS Financial Counseling.