The Money Matters Program is here to help individuals with lower-incomes achieve a greater sense of financial well-being for year-round financial success. The Money Matters Programming Includes:

Click here to access Financial Resources at Look4Help.org 


Staying Afloat: Navigating Your Finances in Uncertain Financial Times

Prioritize your expenses. What’s most important right now? Usually that’s food, housing, utilities, transportation. But that might also be childcare, internet, or cell phone service if that’s essential to your ability to work and/or stay connected.

Reduce non-essential expenses. Consider meal planning and switching to generic. Can you suspend or cancel a membership or subscription that you don't need right now?

Contact your creditors TODAY. Reach out to landlords, mortgage or car lenders, utility providers, student loan companies ASAP if you anticipate having difficulty paying them.  It is much easier to work out alternative payment plans or ask for relief before you begin missing payments. Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website for tips and samples letters to send to creditors.

Supplement your income.  You may qualify for supplemental support like emergency unemployment, SNAP (food stamps), or other benefits. Find more resources at www.look4help.org

Read More:  Tips to stay on top of your finances during the coronavirus pandemic

 

 

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Money Matters program, please contact us to learn more.

Shannon Martineau

Money Matters Coordinator

413-376-1179

smartineau@communityaction.us

 

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