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Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment (SOFIE)

Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment (SOFIE)
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About SOFIE

Originally proposed in a 2020 State of the State address, former Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the creation of a Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment (SOFIE) to meet the financial services needs of low- and middle-income New Yorkers across the state.

The state’s first office focused on community wealth-building, SOFIE will strengthen the mission of the Department to protect and empower all New York consumers and move DFS’ priority of economic justice forward.

SOFIE will work with stakeholders across the state to identify and develop strategies to increase household and community wealth, particularly for historically underserved populations, and to help connect consumers with local services.  It will coordinate existing work and initiatives across the state with community partners to develop and incubate novel ideas and approaches to economic empowerment and justice, and be a source of New York-related data analysis and research.

The new office will:

  • Maintain a centralized list of financial services counseling providers - across housing, student loan, debt and general financial literacy - throughout the State.
  • Coordinate state and local services aimed at expanding access to credit and opportunities for wealth building.
  • Incubate new programs to expand access to safe and affordable banking services, credit and financial education; coordinate public-private partnerships.
  • Foster provision of high-quality, low-cost financial products statewide.

Help for Consumers

If you are a consumer looking for more information about banking, saving, borrowing, getting out of debt safely, purchasing insurance and more, visit our Consumer Information section.

If you have a question or want to file a complaint about, a financial product or service in New York, visit the DFS Contact Us page to find out how to contact us.

Help for Small Businesses

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) recognizes that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Minority and Women-Owned Business Development

Green Economy

More helpful information for small businesses about health insurance, property insurance, cybersecurity and more can be found in the Small Business Resources section.

Grants, Loans, and Opportunities

Grants

New York State has numerous grant opportunities available to help launch or support an organization, particularly if affected by the COVID pandemic.

Loans

Workforce Development

SOFIE supports both workers and workplaces in creating a just and inclusive economy in the state of New York.

Financial Planning Tools

SOFIE compiles resources to help you save, meet expenses, build wealth, and retire in New York State.

If you are a consumer looking for more information about banking, saving, borrowing, getting out of debt safely, purchasing insurance and more, visit our Consumer Information section.

If you have a question or want to file a complaint about, a financial product or service in New York, visit the DFS Contact Us page to find out how to contact us.

Inclusion News

Questions?

If you are a consumer looking for financial education materials to help you make good financial decisions visit the DFS Consumer Information section.

If you have a question about, or want to file a complaint about, a financial product or service in New York, visit the DFS Contact Us page to find out how to contact us.

To contact the Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment (SOFIE), send an email to [email protected]