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HOPE Inside is a unique empowerment model that brings free financial dignity programming to underserved communities. Clients are counseled on the language of money and work with an Operation HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach to transform established financial mindsets and develop customized action plans around building their own businesses, raising their credit scores, buying homes, or simply making better decisions with the money they have.

Programs include credit and money management, homeownership preparedness, and small business entrepreneurship. Every office holds consumer credit counseling certification, CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, EITC, HUD, and FEMA applications and partnerships. Through the HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, the focus on raising client credit scores to 700, and thereby bringing financial uplift to communities is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming


CREDIT AND MONEY MANAGEMENT

By joining a 700 Credit Score Communities group you will take classes with like-minded individuals who are looking to improve their credit score. These classes will help you move your credit score to the 700+ range. In the workshops you’ll learn the basics of making a budget, how to read a credit report and what can be done to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating. The workshop will also cover your rights as a consumer, and how to make the most of them. A trained financial coach will lead the workshop.

Topics Include:

  • Budgeting
  • Paying off debt and saving money
  • Understanding your credit score
  • How to read your credit report
  • Your rights as a consumer
  • Settling accounts
  • Disputing inaccurate information


SMALL BUSINESS

The Small Business Program encourages entrepreneurship and job creation. You will take classes with like-minded individuals who are looking to bring their ideas to market. These classes will help you improve your business acumen, access resources to leverage and pair you with mentors that have successfully started their own businesses.

Topics Include:

  • Advantages & disadvantages of business ownership
  • Questions to consider when starting a business
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Components of a business plan
  • How to access startup funding
  • Financial statements
  • Product development

LOCATION
Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation
815 W. 63rd Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60621

773-630-3811

SERVICES OFFERED:
Credit and Money Management
Small Business Development

Staff

  1. Bruce Montgomery
    Financial Wellbeing Coach