Springboard and MMI join forces to attack affordable housing crisis
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. ("Springboard") is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is an approved housing counseling regional intermediary by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation signifying the highest standards in the industry for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. In addition, Springboard is a member of both national industry associations; the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. Springboard offers personal financial education and confidential counseling in foreclosure prevention, rent, reverse mortgage, pre-bankruptcy and debtor education, and debt and money management. Springboard provides telephone counseling services nationwide, and maintains offices in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts for in-person sessions. Not all types of counseling are available at all locations. For more information on Springboard, please visit their web site at www.springboard.org. About Money Management International Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, debt management assistance, and counseling services, including debt and budget, foreclosure prevention, reverse mortgage and bankruptcy. MMI has been helping consumers trim their expenses, develop a spending plan and repay debts since 1958. Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet. To learn more, visit MoneyManagement.org or call 800.531.0511. SOURCE Money Management International