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The Cost of Accessibility: Financial Planning for People with Disabilities

By Staff
  | Jul 22, 2024

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Happy Disability Pride Month! July marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disability. While we have come a long way as a society in recognizing and accommodating various disabilities, there is still so much work to be done to make our spaces and systems truly accessible.

One of the major challenges that people with disabilities often go through is the additional costs that can come with supporting a disability or making an environment more accessible through things like adaptive technologies and home modifications.

In this blog post, we will be discussing the financial effects of ableism and providing some helpful tips and resources to support people with disabilities.

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Our Impact in 2023

By Staff
  | Jul 08, 2024

Our 2023 Annual Report is now available! Through 2023, we have continued to demonstrate significant impact and are grateful to be part of your community.

We are excited to give you the numbers, share some incredible member stories, and let you know how we plan on continuing to create economic opportunity and promote financial inclusion for all.

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Out and Proud at Self-Help

By Staff
  | Jun 26, 2024

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Self-Help employees outside the state Capitol building during 2024 Pride in Sacramento, CA

Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

With the new waves of anti-LGBTQIA+ sentiment and the 532 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills that the ACLU is currently tracking, it is more important than ever to show our support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

At Self-Help, we understand that our focus on uplifting underrepresented groups must include queer folks, who are often discriminated against in the housing and financial services industries. In honor of this month, let’s take some time to recognize some of the ways Self-Help has worked to support LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Celebrating Juneteenth: Understanding the Flag, Colors, and Traditions

By Staff
  | Jun 18, 2024

Juneteeth Celebrating Black liberation in the past, present and future

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 that news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston, TX, letting the last people who were enslaved in the U.S. know they were free. It is considered a second Independence Day and is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth became the newest federal holiday in 2021, which means many of us are still learning about its significance. At Self-Help, we’re honoring this important holiday by getting a better understanding of the meaning behind some of the iconic Juneteenth symbols and traditions.

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A Guide to Navigating Homeownership for LGBTQIA+ Folks

By Staff
  | Jun 06, 2024

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June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and Homeownership Month. What better way to honor both of these month-long celebrations than by talking about homeownership for LGBTQIA+ folks.

At Self-Help, when we say ownership and economic opportunity for all, we mean ALL, which is why we put together this guide to support a more accessible homeownership journey for LGBTQIA+ couples, families, and individuals. LGBTQIA+ people face unique challenges when it comes to housing, and education is key!  

In this article, we discuss barriers to homeownership, advice on how to financially prepare, and tips for ensuring a safe and productive homebuying experience. 

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What Does the Recent CFPB Supreme Court Ruling Mean for Me?

By Staff
  | May 31, 2024

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If you’re following the news, you may have seen or heard something about the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, often referred to as the CFPB, and be wondering what it’s all about. 

We’re here to help break down what the CFPB is, what function it serves, and why this latest ruling is meaningful to you as a consumer. 

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Uplifting AANHPI Small Businesses in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Staff
  | May 29, 2024

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Tae Park, entrepreneur and borrower with Self-Help Credit Union, stands outside his grocery store, International Foods, in Raleigh, NC. Circa 2012.

While most of us have adjusted to living in a post-lockdown world, it’s hard not to acknowledge the deep, lasting impacts that COVID continues to have on our lives.  

In this article, we discuss the challenges that AANHPI businesses have faced due to the pandemic and how we can uplift these businesses this Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month and beyond.


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Financial Empowerment for AANHPI Communities: Breaking Down the Model Minority Myth

By Staff
  | May 16, 2024

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This May, Self-Help is honoring Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month!

To achieve our mission of economic opportunity for all, we are actively working to close the racial wealth gap. But too often, AANHPI communities are left out of conversations about economic inequality and financial empowerment.

In this post, we explore some of the dynamics that affect the financial well-being of AANHPI people and share some financial tips for people in the AANHPI community.


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Celebrate Earth Day by Taking Steps to Save Energy (and Money!)

By Staff
  | Apr 22, 2024

Two smiling children standing by a tree holding a cardboard sign that says Happy Earth Day


Happy Earth Day! Every Earth Day brings an opportunity to celebrate and protect the earth we share. Together, we can make our environment healthier for ourselves and future generations.  

Upgrading to clean energy technologies, both collectively and individually, is an important part of that effort. And, even better, making clean energy choices can also save you money!

With many options now available, it can be hard to know where to start. So this Earth Day, we’re sharing tips on simple steps you can take to save energy, lower your energy bills, and help create a healthier environment for all.

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Showing Up: Inspiration from a Recent Conversation

By staff
  | Feb 29, 2024

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At Self-Help, we honor Black History Month by highlighting some of the many stories, people and issues that resonate with us. We acknowledge that diversity and inclusion are some of our strongest tools in our work towards authentic equity. We note where we could do better, and we celebrate successes. 

But just as we don’t practice gratitude only on Thanksgiving or offer affection to our loved ones only on Valentine’s Day, we also don’t just celebrate Black history during February. Instead, we aim to integrate celebration, equity and inclusion into our work throughout the year.

We appreciate that many within our community have a similar year-round commitment to equity. In this post, we share a snippet of a recent conversation between Kimberly Jones, Vice President and Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement for our Midwest region, and community leader and entrepreneur Sarah Ware. We hope you find it as thought-provoking as we did!

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