| The Ledger
LAKELAND — Black Lives Matter will take a step this week toward addressing Lakeland’s racial issues that won’t involve a protest or a march.
Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk will be holding a job fair on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Dream Center, located at 635 W. 5th St. in Lakeland.
Jarvis Washington, president of BLM Restoration Polk, said the event will launch the organization’s long-term effort to address the city’s issue of economic inequality.
“We know that the lack of jobs and lack of economic development has a direct correlation to crime and poverty,” he said. “We are inspired to create economic opportunity for our community.”
Washington said BLM hopes to help 300-500 unemployed individuals, including those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, within the next year. While Polk County’s unemployment rate currently stands at roughly 7.3%, down from 7.9% in September, it is still more than double the rate from a year ago.
BLM is partnering with Civitas Recruiting, founded by Lakeland resident Susan Freebern, to build connections between those disenfranchised looking for work and local businesses.
“I like to think of it as a community-wealth building strategy,” Freebern said.
Freebern said she focuses on using the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which offers financial incentives for companies to hire people in specific targeted groups who typically face barriers to employment. This includes individuals receiving food stamps or government assistance, veterans, and those unemployed for an extended period of time.
On Wednesday, BLM will help screen candidates that meet these criteria who Civitas Recruiting will then help place into jobs. Freebern said many of the positions she has available include manual labor but she expects others to open up after the holidays. The jobs offered will pay at least $15 an hour, according to Freebern.
If an individual referred by BLM to Civitas for a job is hired, the nonprofit organization will receive a small donation to help fund its future efforts.
Washington said BLM will be there to support individuals by linking them to fiscal educational resources and credit repair agencies to help them get back on a road to fiscal stability.
“We can’t allow them to continue down the same path, it’s not creating success,” he said. “We need to provide the tools and resources to help and model them into better people — it’s always been part of our mission statement.”
This week’s job fair is the first of a series of events that BLM hopes to plan with Civitas Recruiting to help those unemployed and lift them out of living paycheck-to-paycheck, or worse, out of poverty.
“This is our answer to what comes next,” Washington said. “What comes next is creating opportunities.”
Those unable to attend Wednesday’s job fair can visit BLM’s new website at www.blmrpolk.org for more information and to signup for future events. Washington said he hopes to hold recruitment and job fairs approximately every two months.
Sara-Megan Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-802-7545. Follow on Twitter @SaraWalshFL.
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While living in LA, Arian noted that many Iranians who never had to deal with credit and financial related issues in their home country, had difficulties with maintaining, managing, and utilizing their credit and finance. Arian noticed that many in the Iranian community were victims of the financial system in America, due to their lack of sufficient knowledge of the said system, and this matter affected every aspect of their lives in negative ways. Arian decided that it was time to start his next endeavor. He founded The Credit Repair Specialist; the first credit repair company in
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Under Expanded Consumer Protection Authority, the DFPI Launches Investigation into Multiple Debt Collectors
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) today announced an investigation into multiple debt collectors potentially engaged in unlawful, unfair, deceptive, or abusive debt collection practices in California based on consumer complaints. The DFPI is issuing subpoenas to a dozen companies with significant California customer bases, representing the first major action to be taken under the expanded oversight and enforcement authority of the California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL).
The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2021, allows the DFPI to oversee previously unregulated financial products and services and enforce laws prohibiting financial service providers from using unlawful, unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices.
“We take our expanded responsibility very seriously and are moving swiftly to ensure debt collectors do not violate the rights of California consumers,” said DFPI Commissioner Manuel P. Alvarez.
Subpoenas were issued to the following companies: Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC; Encore Capital Group; Midland Credit Management, Inc.; Midland Funding, LLC; Atlantic Credit and Finance, Inc.; Enhanced Recovery Company LLC; Resurgent HP LLC and LVNV Funding LLC; IC System, Inc.; The Offices of Morgan and Moss; Convergent Outsourcing, Inc.; Spectrum Billing Services; and Monterey Financial Services LLC. Responses to the DFPI’s subpoenas are due in mid-February.
The subpoenas request documents illuminating how the companies collect debts and communicate with consumers. Both California and federal laws prohibit debt collectors from calling repeatedly over a short period of time to annoy or harass, threatening harm, calling at inconvenient or unusual times, or attempting to collect on a debt that a consumer does not owe.
Consumers from around the country have filed complaints against the debt collectors under investigation by the DFPI. Among other things, consumers allege that these debt collectors call repeatedly, fail to validate debts, and threaten to sue the consumers for debts they do not owe.
The new Debt Collection Licensing Act or SB 908 requires California debt collectors and buyers to apply for a license from DFPI by Dec. 31, 2021. It will also give consumers a single location to check whether companies are licensed, and whether they have been subject to any enforcement actions, including license suspensions or revocations.
The DFPI will begin accepting applications for debt collector licenses in the late summer or early fall of 2021. The DFPI expects to review those applications and begin issuing licenses in 2022 and 2023.
The DFPI licenses and regulates financial products and services, including state-chartered banks and credit unions, student loan servicers, money transmitters, the offer and sale of securities and commodities, investment advisers, broker-dealers, broker-dealers, non-bank installment lenders, payday lenders, mortgage lenders and servicers, escrow companies, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators, the offer and sale of franchises, debt collectors, rent-to-own contractors, credit repair and consumer credit reporting agencies, private school student loan servicers, debt relief agencies, and more.
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