Links to information on how to manage finances and other financial assistance.
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A booklet first published in 2004 by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and PACER, has been revamped and expanded in an online format. This guide offers tips and information on organizing financial records, managing money, dealing with debt, preparing income taxes, saving for college, preparing youth for adult employment, and more. Each section includes links to additional resources. For more information, please visit http://www.pacer.org/publications/possibilities/
This program offered by the Amalgamated Bank of Chicago targets two specific groups, including individuals with disabilities and businesses that are seeking to comply with requirements of the ADA. The Bank has funds to make loans available at reduced rates. Important features include their willingness to lend as little as $500 over a 12 month period (60 months for larger purchases). Their credit terms are relaxed, i.e., items not often included as income are for this program (social security benefits, disability checks, etc.) For more information, visit http://www.aboc.com/.
FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION (FHA)
Two loan guarantee programs from the Federal Housing Administration, Title 1 and 203K loans have loan size limits. The FHA programs can provide direct loans with below market interest rates (to 1%), higher than normal debt ratio (to 1%), extended terms (to 33 years), low down payments or financed closing costs. These loans can be used for acquisition or rehabilitation. The 203K program will also loan up to 80% of the repaired value of the home, making it useful for a household that chooses to move and make accessibility improvements in the new home. For details, call 312-866-2729.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) allows participants to set aside income for accessibility projects. Without jeopardizing benefits, it is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work. For more information, please visit www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/pass.htm