Next Access Living Financial Stability Classes begin in July

New class incorporates “Bank On” Chicago

The New Financial Stability classes start Wednesday, July 10, 2013 and run through Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The meetings will be held at Access Living located on 115 W. Chicago Ave. on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Access Living Financial Stability classes use the FDIC national financial education curriculum ‘Money Smart.’ Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low and moderate income individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.

This is an 11-week course in which participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The program makes a concerted push to raise consumers’ awareness about the benefits of learning more about their financial matters. Over the course of 11 weeks participants are equipped with materials and tools to help them better manage and take control of their personal finances. Exercises and assignments will cover the following topics:

• How to open and maintain a checking/saving account
• How to set up a personal spending plan
• Strategies and tools to help you save money
• Understanding consumer protection laws

The other piece to these workshops is helping consumers save.

Access Living is a community partner with the “Bank On” Chicago Program. You can have access to a “Bank On” Account!

What does a typical Bank On account look like?

• Low or no monthly fee (less than $10 required)
• Low or no opening deposit requirement (less the $50
• No monthly minimum balance requirement
• A pathway to a checking account for individuals with Chex
Systems records
• Accept at least one form of alternative identification (for
example, Foreign Passport, Mexican Consular Card, ITIN,

The most recent class graduated from the Financial Literacy Course in early May. Speaking about his experience in the class, graduate Willie Rolling, a staff associate at Access Living said, “I like how I gained a lot of wisdom about things that will benefit me in the future, like Mortgages, credit cards, and contracts.”

If you are interested in attending and/or would like additional information about the next Financial Stability Class, contact Carleda Johnson at Access Living.

Carleda Johnson
Independent Living Skills Coordinator