Advisory Council for People with Disabilities

In October 2017, the City Treasurer’s Office and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities launched the Financial Advisory Council for the Empowerment of people with Disabilities (F.A.C.E.D.). Co-chaired by City Treasurer Kurt Summers and Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Karen Tamley, F.A.C.E.D. is an advisory council that aims to address challenges with access to banking and financial education in the disability community, where the need is often the greatest. Unfortunately, almost 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unbanked or underbanked, as well as twice as likely to live in poverty, compared to the rest of the population.

To address these and other challenges in the disability community, F.A.C.E.D. brings together a broad range of stakeholder groups, ranging from federal, state, and local government agencies to community organizations and educational institutions. F.A.C.E.D. meets on a quarterly basis to provide an ongoing platform for improving the financial health for this underbanked community, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of underbanked people with disabilities.

For additional information or to get involved, please email Josh Harris (Director of Partnerships and Small Business Support) at Josh.Harris@cityofchicago.org.