The people of Oak Cliff get a bank and a lot more in their neighborhood.
On South Polk Street, what looks like a normal Chase Bank branch has a different feel to it.
“A warm welcome and a chance for people to learn more about home ownership,” said JP Rodriguez Chase, director of Community Impact Alice Rodriguez. “Find out more about being an entrepreneur. Learn more about how to manage and save with your daily finances. “
It’s banking, as Rodriguez describes, in a living room with couches.
You can talk to consultants who know the community even if you are not a customer.
“The community trusts people in the community,” said Lawrence Bailey, director of community banking and business development at Chase.
Bailey added, “We are hiring people from the ward to work in the ward. We are hiring people who are home loan specialists from the community. Small business specialist from the community. “
Chase sees this as the perfect time to open the community center’s bank as the pandemic is affecting minority communities.
“Let’s face it, people got hurt,” said Rodriguez. “There has been a tragedy. There have been losses. There were fears as a result of the pandemic and it was a very heavy burden for color communities in particular. “
This is part of JP Morgan Chase’s $ 30 billion pledge to promote racial justice for underserved communities.
The center also offers workshops, free space and WiFi for community groups.