Connecting Communities to Improve Financial Lives and Strengthen Neighborhoods

We’ve been serving individuals and families in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities since we were founded. Today, one third of our financial centers are in LMI areas where we continue to connect our clients and communities to the tailored resources, jobs, capital and partners they need to succeed. Their success contributes our neighborhoods growing stronger as a whole.

Every day, our work begins with a question, to our clients, neighbors, co-workers and partners: what would you like the power to do? Whether that’s own a home, start a business, build savings and credit, secure a job or make a difference in the community, we’re helping connect our communities with what they need to achieve their goals.

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Realizing An American Dream

Johnson Bam moved to the United States with his wife and children from Ghana six years ago, and the family soon outgrew their Chicago rental apartment. With three kids, he wondered if he could become a homeowner in their new country. Johnson set out to learn everything he could about the home-buying process. Using Better Money Habits® financial educational resources – which are offered online and through nonprofit partners like Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago – Johnson was able to budget and save up for a down payment and, once a homeowner, manage his new expenses. Through the additional support of his loan officer, who guided him through the process, the Bam family now has a place to call their own.

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