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Understanding Credit and Your Credit Report

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Home Buying Basics

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Fair Housing–Know Your Rights!

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When to Take a Mental Health Day

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Managing Student Loan Debt

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Breaking the Paycheck – to – Paycheck Cycle

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Living paycheck to paycheck is stressful. It often causes dependence on credit cards and vulnerability to serious financial troubles. Learn strategies that allow you to control your money, rather than it controlling you.

It is a struggle to budget during challenging financial times. Learn strategies in managing financial obligations, budgeting, and determining financial priorities when money is tight.

The world runs on credit. Credit essential for qualifying for a loan or getting a credit card, but also for less obvious things like getting a cell phone, renting a car, and employment. Review what is on a credit report, the factors of a credit score, how to access your own credit report, and who has the right to pull a credit report.

Making smart credit choices is critical to sound financial management. Explores the role that credit cards play in developing our creditworthiness and how to choose the right credit product for our financial needs.

400,000 individuals in Chicago do not have access to banking services, if you are one of them, this workshop will help you. Alternatives to banking are expensive with high fees that can keep you living pay-check to pay-check. This workshop explains the services of a bank, banking products, how to access banking products and how to manage savings and checking accounts.

Your identity is your most valuable asset. Learn strategies to protect your identity and the steps to take when victimized by identity theft.

Student loan debt has become the second-highest consumer debt category, behind mortgage debt. It has surpassed credit card debt and auto loans. For many, your education is your most expensive purchase. You will learn essential strategies for dealing with your student loan debt, including payment plans and loan forgiveness programs.

Learn how to communicate effectively with a landlord. Establishing a positive and healthy relationship with your landlord can go a long way in helping to live in the best conditions possible, getting the fastest responses to maintenance requests, and keeping rental rates affordable.

Older Americans lose over 3 billion dollars a year to financial fraud and identity theft schemes. Hear about best practices to reduce the risk of identity theft and make your information less valuable to a criminal.

The Fair Housing Act has two main purposes; to prevent discrimination and reverse housing segregation. Renters, landlords and homebuyers will find useful information in this workshop that discusses violations of Fair Housing Act, mortgage and lending violations and how to file a Fair Housing complaint.

If your financial journey includes homeownership, this workshop introducing the home buying process is an excellent place to start. Learn how to determine what you can afford, credit score requirements, the different types of loans and financing options, insurance requirements, available assistance programs, and the importance of a home inspection.