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Resources for Community Outreach Groups - Financial Regulation

There are a number of resources available to help community groups learn more about data trends and research that may help inform outreach efforts.

  • The Office of Inspector General, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System conducted an evaluation to assess CFPB’s Division of Consumer Education and Engagement’s coordination with federal agency partners regarding targeted consumer financial education.
     
  • Maryland’s Project SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Model Reference Manual for Financial Institution Employees.
     
  • The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of America's consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.
     
  • The PEW Charitable Trust conducted research on small-dollar loans such as payday, auto title, and similar loans.
     
  • The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Assets & Opportunity Scorecard provides data on household financial security and policy solutions including information by state (See: information for Maryland).
     
  • The annual Vital Signs report from Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) looks specifically at Baltimore neighborhoods and the indicators that serve to help track where those neighborhoods stand relative to city benchmarks in relation to quality of life.
     
  • The Brookings Institution Financial and Digital Inclusion Project aims to identify the degree to which financial inclusion efforts are working, and why.
     
  • The Institute for College Access & Success provides state- and college-level data on student debt from federal and private loans.
     
  • Resources and supports for Housing Counseling Agencies (HCA) and counselors from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
     
  • Financial Workshop Kits from the nonprofit National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) that provide the tools and resources needed to for community groups to deliver financial education information to underserved audiences.
     
  • Also from NEFE is CashCourse a free, online financial education resource designed specifically for college and university students. If you are a college or university administrator you can go to the CashCourse enrollment page to register your school. Although CashCourse is intended for use by universities and colleges, high school, nonprofits and community organizations can register as well.
     
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  • The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General of Maryland provides a mediation and arbitration service to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers; registers health clubs and new home builders.