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Marco Chavarin and Darrell Christoff Join CCCS in Key Leadership Positions

San Francisco, CA (February 12, 2015) - Consumer Credit Counseling of San Francisco (CCCS) announces the appointment of Marco Chavarin to the position of Vice President, Development, and Darrell Christoff to the role of Chief Information Officer. Both executives bring a wealth of experience and expertise to CCCS as it expands its leadership in the personal financial wellness and literacy space.

Kathryn Davis Named New President of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2014) - The Board of Directors of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco (CCCS) announced today that they have selected Kathryn Davis to succeed Joanne Budde as President, effective May 1, 2014.  Davis currently serves as Senior Vice President of Xceed Financial Credit Union in El Segundo, California.  Davis, as Senior Vice President has been instrumental in helping lead and manage this $823 million financial institution with over 67,000 members and 15 financial centers in six states.

CCCS-SF Wins San Francisco Business Times and Mass Mutual San Francisco Citizenship Award (October 25, 2013)

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco is pleased to announce that the San Francisco Business Times and MassMutual San Francisco have awarded the agency their Citizenship Award. According to the award's sponsors, it is "designed to honor the region's most active and inspiring partnerships between local businesses and nonprofits." 

CCCS Awarded Wells Fargo Foundation Grant for Homebuyer Program
(May 24, 2013)
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded the agency a very generous grant of $20,000 to support its Homebuyer Education and Counseling Program.

This funding will allow CCCS-SF to continue to offer its free workshop series and individual pre-purchase counseling program to the clients who turn to the organization for education as they strive to become homeowners.  The organization very much appreciates the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation as an acknowledgment of the vital role CCCS-SF plays in its community in empowering families to become financially stable homeowners.

CCCS receives funding for forclosure prevention
Citi Foundation has granted $60,000 to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco to fund its Foreclosure Prevention counseling program. The funds will be used toward employing foreclosure prevention counselors. These counselors will guide consumers in danger of losing their homes through the many programs available to them.

Options for avoiding foreclosure may include the HAMP and HARP federal programs, Keep Your Home California, as well as other foreclosure and loss mitigation programs available through lenders. “There are viable options for saving your home.” says Rick Harper, Vice President of Program Services for CCCS-SF. “Support from foundations like Citi Foundation can enable us to change the lives of homeowners who might not know where to turn without this kind of counseling and education”.

CCCS awarded Citi Foundation grant for foreclosure prevention program
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco is pleased to announce that the Citi Foundation has awarded our agency a very generous grant for support of our foreclosure prevention counseling program. This grant represents an acknowledgement from the Foundation of the outstanding work being done by CCCSSF to help guide families through this foreclosure crisis.

62 percent of consumers would change banks to avoid debit card fees?
Many banks have dropped plans to charge monthly fees for debit cards in the wake of public outcry against the plan. The decision is understandable: Only 3 percent of consumers would continue using their current debit cards if a fee was imposed, according to a National Foundation for Credit Counseling poll of 2,400 people in October. More than half of those people said they would find a bank that doesn't charge debit card fees.

CCCSSF counselors aid on national Financial Planning Day Oct. 22, offering free advice at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco
Struggling with debt? Trying to figure out how to pay for college? Planning for retirement? Here’s your chance to sit down for free with certified credit counselors from Consumer Credit Counseling Service and other financial experts to get in-person advice Oct. 22 at San Francisco’s UC Hastings College of the Law.


SF Financial Advice Line needed now more than ever, CCCS of SF leader tells 7 On Your Side’s Michael Finney
With California ranking as one of the top states for foreclosures, the SF Financial Advice Line is a critically important resource, Rick Harper of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco told Michael Finney of 7 On Your Side Friday in an interview announcing the advice line.

Money questions? Dial 2-1-1 for free advice from financial counselors at CCCS of San Francisco and the community
Call between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday (9/27) and Wednesday (9/28)

Worried about debt? Trying to create a budget? Wondering whether you can afford that new iPad 2? Free telephone counseling from financial experts will be available to Bay Area residents Sept. 27th and 28th through The SF Financial Advice Line, a partnership between San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco and the United Way.

Homeownership Preservation Foundation Sees Significant Jump in Calls from Homeowners Facing Foreclosure; Foundation Adds Fifth Counseling Partner in Efforts to Counsel Homeowners (4/23/07)
The Homeownership Preservation Foundation has reported a significant jump in the number of homeowners calling its 888-995-HOPE hotline for assistance in avoiding foreclosure. The national hotline (for more information, go to http://www.995hope.org), which helps individuals and families who are behind on their mortgage payments, received more than 14,000 calls during the first quarter of 2007, a 30 percent increase over the fourth quarter 2006. More than 25,000 homeowners called the hotline in all of 2006.

Defaults/Foreclosures Up; CCCS-SF Steps In: Non-profit Helps Panicked Homeowners with Options and Strategy (3/26/07)
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco (CCCS-SF) is stepping up efforts to help homeowners keep their property out of foreclosure. The non-profit organization reports a dramatic increase in calls from nervous mortgage holders over the last few months. Payments for many adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and subprime loans have gone up by 25, even 50 percent, leaving millions of borrowers in serious financial trouble. Read more...

CCCS of San Francisco Selected to provide bankruptcy Counseling:
Local Non-profit Approved by U.S. Trustees to Counsel/Educate Bankruptcy Filers (1/31/06)
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco (CCCS-SF) announced today that they have been approved by the Executive Office for United States Trustees to provide financial counseling and education to consumers wishing to discharge their debts in bankruptcy.

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News Article Highlights

The HOPE hotline has helped 1.5 million homeowners with foreclosure struggles
By Jim Axelrod, http://www.cbsnews.com
With 5 million people in the U.S. needing help with foreclosures, the HOPE Hotline has 600 counselors working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help homeowners work with the bank and stay in their homes. See the CBS News profile below.

How do they afford it? Interest-only loans, credit card debt salvation for many
by Tamara Grippi, Staff Writer
San Francisco Examiner, 6/19/05
The numbers don't add up. Reports come out every month showing the gap between salaries and San Francisco Bay Area home prices widening. But that fact hasn't deterred the thousands of residents who continue to become homeowners.

Escaping the credit card debt trap
by Tamara Grippi, Staff Writer
San Francisco Examiner, 6/19/05
The battle to survive in the Bay Area economy is often fought on two fronts — making high monthly mortgage payments while staying out of credit card debt.

Wolves in Credit Counselors' Clothing
Cincinnati Post, 4/26/05
You see the ads every day: in print, in your e-mail box; on the radio and television. Everywhere it seems there are promises to fix your debts, specifically your unsecured credit card debts. You can't really avoid the ads, but you can be wise enough to not fall for them.

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