FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2013)—Fifth Third Bank’s eBus, a mobile classroom providing financial services, will be making a stop at the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers in the West parking lot of the Renaissance Preserve Senior Building, located at 4221 Othello Lane in Fort Myers, on Monday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During the free educational event, local representatives from Fifth Third Bank will provide attendees with a job seeker’s toolkit as well as offer banking services, credit and foreclosure counseling, and savings and budgeting advice. There will also be entertainment and web-based games available for kids.
“Financial wellness is critical to the success for our clients and their families as they pursue self-sufficiency,” says Twaski Jackson, director of client services. “Through the use of financial empowerment workshops and money management courses, the HACFM seeks to provide clients with the necessary tools so they can make informed decisions.”
To make an appointment with a financial professional for the upcoming event, please call 239-332-3825.
Fifth Third Bank’s eBuses, also referred to as Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobiles, travel throughout the Bank’s markets to directly provide quality financial services to individuals and neighbors in low- and moderate-income areas and empower them to take control of their financial future. The eBuses are 40-foot retrofitted city buses equipped with onboard computer workstations and Internet connectivity through satellite technology. Fifth Third professionals are available at all tour stops to provide one-on-one credit counseling, financial education and access to products and services, if desired.
The first eBus began its tours in 2004. Since then, the number of cities it has visited has increased every year, and nearly 100,000 people have boarded the bus to gain access to financial education and services. In 2011, Fifth Third Bank facilitated the retrofit of a second eBus to reach an even greater number of individuals. The eBus enables Fifth Third to deeply penetrate and serve low- and moderate-income communities and align even more closely its efforts to meet its obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act.
Currently, the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves more than 3,500 low-income families throughout the greater Fort Myers community. The HACFM provides high-quality, stable and sustainable housing and related services to people in need. In addition, the staff works diligently in providing programs such as /Family Self-Sufficiency, Housing Counseling and Community Supportive Services. The goal is to help families become self-sufficient, therefore strengthening the communities that use public and private resources efficiently and effectively.
The HACFM serves as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, affordable housing, and helping develop, preserve and revitalize communities through affordable rental housing. The agency is dedicated to empowering families with the means to become as self-sufficient as possible, encouraging and facilitating movement toward financial independence beyond the need for HACFM services while recognizing the needs and limitations of the mentally and physically disabled, aged and infirmed.
For more information on the HACFM or for assistance, please call 239-332-3825.