Department of Consumer Affairs and Council Member Rafael Espinal, Jr. held a public hearing in October 2016 to explore predatory lending in the used car industry. This report provides an overview of the public hearing that includes findings and recommendations.
This report surveys community wealth building strategies that 15 cities and regions in the U.S. and around the world are undertaking to strengthen the economic and financial health of their communities—and how powerful those approaches can be.
This research brief examines the financial vulnerability of New Yorkers prior to the COVID-19 crisis to understand who is least able to cope with its economic effects. The research brief looks at three key indicators of financial health—banking access, emergency savings, and credit access.
This research brief examines how COVID-19 is impacting New Yorkers' financial health in the short-term and the potential long-term impacts of not immediately addressing the uneven impact of the pandemic economy.
This report examines the virtual lease-to-own (LTO) industry in New York City, specifically focusing on those promoted by brick-and mortar businesses, and the deceptive tactics used to lure consumers into financing agreements.