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Members of the homeless community can gain new knowledge regarding their finances.
Financial counseling is available through the Virginia Cooperative Extension–Prince William Unit (VCE).
A life skills course that spans several classes every other month is offered, according to a release from Prince William County. It seeks to help participants with decision making.
Basic banking, identity theft, and spending plans are among the topics covered, according to VCE Education and Outreach Coordinator Joanne Bilotta.
“In the very last class, after we’ve gotten everybody in, we talk about the importance of the mindset piece. You can’t move forward unless you establish some standard of where you want to be,” Bilotta said in a release. “I hope that there’s at least one takeaway from this that when they’re on their own they’ll remember something from the class they can use.”
Community members can learn how to address problems with credit, as well.
“We’re trying to give them ideas, steps they can take to get their credit back on track,” VCE Master Financial Education Volunteer David Robison said in a release. “We hope they go away from this class with a tidbit, maybe more than a tidbit of how they can get their credit back in line.”
To contact VCE, call 703-792-6289, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the county’s website.
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