Springboard Partners with MMI on a $25 million Dollar Housing Initiative

Springboard and MMI join forces to attack affordable housing crisis

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management Inc. and Money Management International (MMI) have established a joint venture to address the affordable housing crisis in the United States.  Through a $25 million dollar initiative, the nonprofit organizations aim to assist 5,000 families by providing affordable housing units in select markets across the nation.

According to HUD, there are 12 million American households paying more than 50 percent of their gross income on rent.  In addition, nearly 1.5 million low to moderate-income housing complexes will lose their benefits in the next two years due to regulatory expirations.  This increase in the need for affordable housing and the decrease in available units creates a unique opportunity for housing counseling organizations to get involved by providing financial education and resources that are designed to not only provide affordable housing, but also assist in empowering individuals and families to find solutions to their financial concerns and elevate their overall quality of life.

“As an organization that has assisted nearly 600,000 struggling consumers through housing counseling services since the beginning of the financial crisis, we understand the hardships and the incredible financial strain faced by those in need,” said Ivan Hand, President and CEO for MMI.  “We also know what it takes to assist these families in understanding their options and ultimately securing affordable housing.”

“This program will be a game-changer for the industry, as it will significantly change the way we provide housing related services and education to families in need,” said Todd Emerson, President and CEO for Springboard. “We are excited to lead the charge on this important initiative and do our part to preserve, improve and maintain the stability of affordable housing in communities that need it the most.”

To learn how to get involved or to get additional information, visit www.springboardhousing.org or contact Melinda.Opperman@springboard.org.

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800-449-9818 or visit their web site at www.credit.org.

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