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Houston Alliance for Economic Inclusion

The Houston AEI is comprised of partners representing 284 financial institutions, community organizations, small businesses, faith-based organizations, state and local government agencies, community stakeholders and federal bank regulators from several markets across the Greater Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Greater Houston MSA consists of ten counties and eight principal cities: Houston, Pasadena, League City, Sugarland, The Woodlands, Baytown, Galveston, and Conroe.

This broad-based coalition focuses on bringing the unbanked and underserved population into the financial mainstream by delivering quality financial education programs and financial products and services. The AEI works to expand access to banking services for underserved markets, including affordable remittance products, targeted financial education programs, affordable small-dollar loan programs and other asset-building programs.

An Advisory Council guides AEI activities. The AEI has three standing committees: Small Business and Access, Financial Education, and Communication/Membership. AEI-sponsored Working Groups work on specific challenges, such as financial products and education needs in affordable housing, financial education, and affordable and safe deposit accounts. Other initiatives include Bank On Houston, Houston Money Week, and United Way THRIVE. Houston AEI also supports Bank On Houston’s efforts to educate consumers on safe and insured deposit accounts and savings and credit information. Members can get involved with the AEI by attending a quarterly meeting or volunteering to serve on committee.


John Gonzalez
Community Affairs Specialist
Dallas Region