Financial Navigators are available at no cost to provide guidance, over the phone, to help residents access available programs and services to manage income loss and other financial concerns they may be experiencing. With one-on-one discussions, Navigators will work with residents to address personal financial issues, identify immediate steps to manage expenses and maximize income, and make referrals to other services such as bill paying assistance, government benefits and other programs that may come from future stimulus packages.
To access the hotline:
- Visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/financialhotline and fill out a short interest form
- Call (608) 315-5151 weekdays 10am-7pm or Saturdays 12-5pm to sign up.
Call back hours are Mondays through Fridays 9am – 6pm.
Hotline sessions will last about 30 minutes and address residents’ most pressing needs. Residents are invited to sign up for as many sessions as they like, but there is no guarantee they will be matched with the same Financial Navigator. The hotline is staffed by seven librarians from Madison Public Library, as part of a partnership between the library and the Community Development Division of City of Madison Planning and Economic Development.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the financial strain on many Madison households. I’m grateful that the City of Madison can provide this service to our residents,” said Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “I hope it will help connect people get connected to the resources they need. I want to thank our partners and the City staff that are making this possible.”
The City of Madison was among the first cohort of municipalities awarded a grant from Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund’s Financial Navigators program in May of 2020. To-date, 31 municipalities across the country are participating in the program.