Education and Outreach Workshops and Events

New Jersey Citizen Action coordinates and conducts free educational workshops and outreach events to organizations representing low- and moderate-income individuals across the state on various topics depending on available resources.

Workshops cover:

  • Fair housing and lending laws
  • How to spot predatory lending
  • Foreclosure rescue scams
  • Rights of tenants during foreclosure
  • Identity theft
  • Where to go for help

Nearly 5,000 people attend our education programs on an annual basis. Since Citizen Action first began offering its education and outreach programs, more than 100,000 individuals and families across the state have received information on one or more of these topics.

Note: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all events are being conducted virtually.  Our staff coordinate and/or participate in various events on a regular basis, including Virtual Town Halls, Consumer Webinars, and other organizational events. Links to most virtual events are available on our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @NJCitizenAction.

Free Weekly Webinars

Thursday, December 3rd: Join New Jersey Citizen Action for a free informational webinar for consumers on Thursday, December 3rd from 3-4pm. This free webinar will provide participants with information on important issues like how to get affordable health insurance through New Jersey’s healthcare marketplace, to protecting yourself from housing discrimination and other consumer frauds and scams during the pandemic. The webinar will also connect participants with Citizen Action’s free Healthcare Enrollment Assistance program to help them get covered. To register for this free webinar, click here.


FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP

For more information or to register for one of NJCA’s upcoming free fair housing webinars, click hereTo schedule a workshop for your organization, email Irvin Mayorquin, NJCA Bilingual Community Educator, at irvin@njcitizenaction.org or call 973-643-8800, x235. Webinars are available in English and Spanish.

FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Citizen Action provides individual and small group sessions on basic financial topics delivered to groups at their sites or at one of our offices across the state. NJCA’s Financial Education Program utilizes a 14-lesson curriculum that covers such topics as basic banking, budgeting and money management, understanding credit and repairing credit issues, saving and investing on a shoe string budget, understanding taxes and insurance, purchasing a car, purchasing and maintaining a home, fair housing and other consumer protections, foreclosure prevention, avoiding predatory lending and other financial frauds, and using technology.

NJCA’s Community Reinvestment Campaign
Citizen Action and the Citizen Policy and Education Fund (NJCA’s research and education arm) negotiate Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) agreements with many banks in NJ for below market rate mortgages, discounted home improvement loans, construction & permanent financing for non-profit housing developers, & small business loans for women and minority owned businesses.

NJCA’s Financial Education Project
Financial Education Project provides consumer education workshops on fair housing and predatory lending. We also offer training on basic banking, budgeting, & money management, credit, housing, healthcare, & telecommunications/utility choices. Workshops and training are offered at off site settings and at our Financial Education and Technology Centers in Newark.

A HOME OF HER OWN: Women’s Housing Initiative:

In addition to individual counseling sessions, NJCA provides group education and informational sessions on our first-time homebuyer counseling program.

New Jersey Citizen Action’s A Home of Her Own: Women’s Housing Initiative is a statewide program that reaches out to low- and moderate-income women heads-of-household who are currently renting their homes.

Over the past 15 years, Citizen Action has coordinated more than a dozen Women’s Housing Initiatives for nearly 10,000 women. These events, which are typically two hours in length, give first-time homebuyers information on the homebuying process, affordable mortgage programs, understanding their fair housing rights and how to avoid predatory lending scams, and basic information on NJCA’s housing counseling service.

Learn more about this program by watching our video, “A Home of Your Own: New Jersey Citizen Action’s Loan Counseling Program” (links to our Multimedia page, for different viewing options).

NJCA Counseling Service
Citizen Action is a HUD-certified loan counseling agency with 18 offices throughout the state. We provide one-on-one personal counseling sessions and help low & moderate income consumers repair their credit, get discounted mortgage products, and discounted home improvement loans. We also provide crisis counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure.

CONTACT US:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Citizen Action:

NJCA Housing Counseling Service
625 Broad Street, Suite 270
Newark, NJ 07102