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Supporting Underserved Communities

Meeting the Need for Responsible Financial Services

Too many communities across the country lack access to affordable financial services. When quality choices aren't available, predatory lenders and high-fee check cashers often thrive. Self-Help intentionally locates branches in underserved communities, and we extend our service through mobile technology and partnerships with local groups. We also serve neighborhoods by financing community development projects and rehabilitating historic buildings in areas that have suffered from disinvestment and blight.

Working in Chicago and North Carolina - Examples

  • Over the past decade, Self-Help Credit Union has merged with several rural NC credit unions serving employees of manufacturing plants that had shut down.
  • When federal regulators closed a Chicago savings and loan in a Latino neighborhood, Self-Help partnered with community organizations to keep the branches open, assist borrowers and preserve a key financial resource for the neighborhood.
  • Through a 2014 merger with Generations Community Credit Union, Self-Help preserved and expanded services for predominantly African-American communities in eastern and central North Carolina.
  • In Greensboro, North Carolina, Self-Help is renovating a blighted shopping center to house a new cooperative grocery store for a neighborhood that has lacked a full-service food store since 1998.
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