Coalition for Debtor Education

  • An app of our own!

NYC MoneySmarts will be available on android and in the App Store . Check it out and test your own Money Smarts.

  • What Color Is Your Mortgage?  Fair Lending Issues and the Mortgage Crisis in NYC

Where you live often determines how you live: the schools your children attend; the jobs you have access to; the quality of your neighborhood and access to services; the level of crime. The only color that should matter to the mortgage market is green.

Our panel  from MFY Legal Services and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A walked us  through the history of fair housing issues, from government redlining in the 30s through decades of legislation to combat discrimination, as well as an assessment of the current status, and recommendations on what to do now.

The Coalition honored Jumaane D. Williams, NYC Council, District 45, Chair of the Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings, with our 2015 Friend of the Consumer award in recognition for his work for affordable housing in New York.

For readings, see CLE Readings for Fair Housing Conference

  •  Get Involved!


Teach financial education!  

Volunteer to teach at times and locations that are most convenient for you. The teaching experience is invigorating and always a learning experience for everyone involved. CDE will train you and provide all teaching materials.

The next training workshop for volunteers will be in early October at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, 150 West 62nd St., 7th floor. Please call or email if you would like to attend.


CDE will create a custom curriculum for your nonprofit, school, social service agency, or community organization. Benefit from the Coalition’s expertise. In addition to teaching classes, CDE will train your staff as financial management teachers.


With a grant from your corporation, agency, or foundation, CDE will teach financial education classes that you choose to sponsor. CDE will also train staff members at schools or social service organizations so that they are better equipped to inform their students or clients about personal financial matters.

Our Mission

The mission of the Coalition for Debtor Education is to assist consumers, particularly vulnerable populations, understand and improve their ability to manage their financial affairs. We are also committed to empirical assessment, including of our own programs, and to studying key issues affecting consumer finance.

Contact Us

Fordham University School of Law
Coalition for Debtor Education
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7752