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February 2021

Financial Navigator Program – Phone Help!

February 18 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm

  The Financial Navigator Program provides free help, over the phone! The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Chicago residents’ finances, and the city of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) new Financial Navigators program is here to help. Working with Heartland Alliance and thanks to the support of Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, the Financial Navigators will provide guidance over the phone that can help you manage financial issues, identify immediate action steps, and make…

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April 2021

Heartland Alliance – Asset Building Course Catalog April 2021

April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

Click HERE for our April 21 Course Catalog and read below for Course Descriptions...     These workshops are free and open to the public.   WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:   Make Every Cent Count Find creative ways to cut costs, new ways to save, and meet your financial goals. Spend and Save for the Future You Want Discover how your values impact your spending, saving, and goals Holiday Spending without Breaking the Bank We’ll discuss how to create a meaningful holiday…

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Money Smart Week

April 10 @ 10:00 am - April 17 @ 12:00 pm

  As we announced last fall, Money Smart Week 2021 will be entirely virtual - focusing on one daily “Money Smart” theme. Content will be provided by government, non-profit and educational institutions through a combination of presentations, checklists, toolkits and other pertinent resources. Money Smart Week programming will focus on supporting the needs of low-to-moderate income households - those most affected by Covid-19 - to encourage greater financial well-being in their communities. The Money Smart Team created a set of…

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Money Smart Week – Understanding the Basics of Federal Student Loans

April 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Calling all borrowers, students, and parents to join us in learning how the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, can help you and how it has adjusted to consider the impacts of Covid-19 on borrowers. Get a basic overview of federal student loan programs and learn tips to utilize federal student programs to help pay for education beyond high school. The presentation will cover how to create an FSA ID, plus new…

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Building Wealth Today for Tomorrow – What you Need to Know: FRAUD/IDENTITY THEFT

April 14

Take advantage of the complimentary financial workshops presented by HOPE Inside this April! Get involved today by signing up for a free workshop OR scheduling your free Credit Repair Coaching before the end of the year! Sign up for a free workshop: What You Need to Know: FRAUD/IDENTITY THEFT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-you-need-to-know-fraudidentity-theft-tickets-148074355383?aff=ebdsoporgprofile    

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Get Savvy Webinar Series – Student Loan Repayment

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Get Savvy Webinar Series Student Loan Repayment | April 14 | 12:00 PM CT It seems every year we see a record high for student loan debt. In 2020, that record hit $1.56 trillion. As of 2018, average student loan for bachelor degree recipients in Illinois was $29,855. Understanding repayment is a key to driving down individual student loan debt post-graduation. Join us to learn the terms, tools, and strategies to empower your student loan pay-off plan.  Register for login…

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Money Smart Week – Tax-Related Fraud and Identity Theft

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Scam artists can try to take advantage of vulnerable taxpayers during the Covid-19 pandemic by stealing information and subsequently funds. Join us to learn how to recognize signs that your identity has been stolen for tax-related issues. Find out what to do if you are an identity theft victim. Learn how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can help. Discover how to protect your records and stay aware of Covid-19 tax scams and phishing schemes. Presented by: Lorie McCann, Management and…

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Money Smart Week – Managing Personal Finances During Covid-19

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn suggestions for managing your money in a time of crisis. Topics covered include budgeting, emergency savings, and managing debt. While some factors affecting financial security are beyond individual control, financial know-how can help all of us better manage our finances, especially during the sudden and drastic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Presented by: Andrea Hasler, Assistant Research Professor in Financial Literacy and Deputy Academic Director, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University School of Business…

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Money Smart Week – Housing Protections and Resources

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will highlight resources that can help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus national emergency. The session will help consumers understand where to turn if they are having trouble making rent payments. Homeowners will learn how they are protected under federal law from foreclosure and can temporarily pause or reduce their mortgage payments if they’re struggling financially. Presented by: Ted Wagner, Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CLICK HERE for more information REGISTER HERE  

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Money Smart Week – Tips for Managing Money Ups and Downs

April 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a financial blow to many U.S. individuals and families. Join this session to learn how to do your best with what you have available. Learn budgeting tips and tricks to help you plan ahead and meet your monthly financial obligations. We’ll focus on easy steps that you can take to get control of your money, even when it doesn’t seem like enough. Presented by: Jenny Abel, Financial Security Outreach Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division…

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