Foreclosure PreventionIllinois Foreclosure Prevention Network – Foreclosure resources
http://www.keepyourhomeillinois.org/ Illinois Housing Development Authority – When Facing Foreclosure
http://www.ihda.org/homeowner/facingForeclosure.htm Cook County Foreclosure Mediation Program
http://cookcountyforeclosurehelp.org/ MMRP Program http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/micro_market_recoveryprogram.html
First Time HomebuyerIllinois Housing Development Authority – Grants for First Time Homebuyers http://www.ihda.org/homeowner/granthomebuyer.htm
Financial EducationConsumer Financial Protection Bureau http://www.consumerfinance.gov/
The CFPB ensures that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in fine print. You can also file a specific complaint or inquiry regarding a financial institution. Social Security Administration
You can find out about Social Security benefits at this site. You can also call 800-772-1213 to request a copy of your Social Security statement. U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans about financial management. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies.
888-My-Money (888-696-6639) www.CreditCards.com
A website with the mission to provide consumers with the largest variety of credit card offers online, and to enable smart selection and use of cards by offering news, advice, features and tools. Savingforcollege.com
Savingforcollege.com is a private company with a mission to help individuals and professional advisors better understand how to meet the challenge of paying higher education costs.
PowerPay is a website designed to help people manage their debt by creating individualized payment schedules based on their personal financial situations.
https://powerpay.org/AnnualCreditReport.com AnnualCreditReport.com is a centralized service for consumers to request free annual credit reports. It was created by the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
This is the website to get your current FICO score (this service may not be free). You can also find general information about what your credit score means and how it’s calculated.
www.myfico.com Free Tax Preparation Assistance for Elderly or Low-Income Individuals
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27897/documents/Brochures/4039.pdf Home Energy Jumpstart Program and Home Energy Rebate Program
If you’re a Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas customer, you may be eligible for rebates and free installation of energy efficient products. Call or visit the website to see if you qualify.
www.northshoregasrebates.com Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast offers subsidized ($10/month) high-speed internet for families that have at least one child participating in the National School Lunch Program. Go to the website or call to check if you qualify.
Energy AssistanceLow –Income Home Energy Assistance Program
http://www.cedaorg.net/www2/EnergyAssistance.html Chicago LIHEAP Agencies
LandlordsCity of Chicago Landlord/Tenant Information
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/afford_hous/svcs/request_tentant_landlordinformation.html Community Investment Corporation- Landlord resources http://www.cicchicago.com/landlord-resources-training/
RentersMetropolitan Tenants Organization
http://www.tenants-rights.org/ Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing – Eviction Support http://lcbh.org/for-tenants/