Financial Resources

Here are some financial resources and available programs that may help you.

These helpful resources fall into the following categories:

National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies

Provides assistance with finding, evaluating and paying for child care services

Earned Income Credit (EIC) Advanced Payments

The earned income credit is a tax credit for certain workers whose earned income is below a certain level

United Way

Provides a wide range of community programs focused on education, income and health.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Provides supplemental nutritious foods, education and counseling to low-income, nutritionally at risk populations

Identity Theft Resource Center

Provides victim and consumer support as well as public education on identity theft


Provides consumer information, financial calculators and current interest rates


Equifax is one of three major credit reporting bureaus


Experian is one of three major credit reporting bureaus

Trans Union

Trans Union is one of three major credit reporting bureaus

Debtors Anonymous

Offers programs for individuals whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering in their lives and the lives of others

Do Not Call List

Register to reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you receive at home

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

For assistance and information about creditor harassment, identity theft and fraud

HPF BluePrint Money Management Tool

BluePrint by HPF is an online money management tool that empowers you to take control of your finances and simplify your life. Budgeting, account aggregation, categorization and mobile access are just a few of the tools to guide you along your way BluePrint allows you to see all your accounts in one place, understand the health of your budgets instantly, and notifies you when your account balances are low. These are a few of the benefits of using BluePrint For more information please visit the Blueprint by HPF website by clicking the link above.


A membership organization for people age 50 and over which addresses issues affecting older Americans through a multitude of initiatives

National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging provides information on staying healthy and financially secure as you age. Get information and tools to manage your money, maintain your health, and improve your life.

Social Security Administration

Social security delivers a broad range of services online and through a nationwide network of offices. For people who receive a monthly Social Security or SSI benefit, my Social Security, our secure, online service, is the fastest way to obtain a Benefit Verification or Proof of Income letter. With my Social Security people who receive benefits can easily view, print, or save an official letter that includes proof of their benefit amount and type, Medicare start date and withholding amount, and age.

American Staffing Association

Provides resources and information for locating a temporary job, temporary to hire and permanent job placement

America’s Service Locator

Provides information and resources for employment, education and job training


Job search site that specializes in employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities


Job search site that pulls from multiple employer sites and job boards


The official job site of the Federal Government. This resource will provide you with information on federal jobs and employment

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor can assist you with locating a job and provides information on unemployment benefits

Food Stamps

Provides benefits to low-income, nutritionally at risk individuals and families

United Way

Provides a wide range of community programs focused on education, income and health

Debtors Anonymous

Offers programs for individuals whose use of unsecured debt causes problems and suffering in their lives and the lives of others

Do Not Call List

Register to reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you receive at home

Gamblers Anonymous

Provides programs focused on recovering from compulsive gambling

Narcotics Anonymous

Provides programs focused on recovering from drug addiction

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides information on shelters, privacy issues, legal advocates and medical help

National Suicide Hotline

Provides free and confidential support to people in emotional crises or distress.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Provides volunteer entrepreneur education and information to help small businesses

US Department of Labor

Website provides information on unemployment benefits, insurance, locating a job, etc

Helping people find solutions to their legal problems

Patient Access Network Foundation

Helps underinsured patients afford copayments

Eldercare Locator

Assists in finding community services


Website provides information on medicare benefits, providers, resources, etc

National Institute of Mental Health

Website provides information regarding the  understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

Needy Meds

An information source to help get free or discounted prescriptions. Lists information about prescription programs

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America

Offers a free directory of drug assistance programs

Employment Resources for Veterans

There are many federal jobs that give preference to hiring retired military members. This site provides information on what these positions are, as well as resources for job training.

 The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV)

This division of the VA works to provide care and compassion for veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.


Provides consumer information, financial calculators, rates, etc

Consumer Insurance Guide

Answers questions about home insurance coverage

Fannie Mae

Provides information on approved lenders, defaulted loans, etc

Freddie Mac

Provides information on getting help for federal mortgage loans

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Provides information on HUD housing and section 8

Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network

Provides information about the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network program

National Mortgage Settlement

Provides information about the settlement between the five largest mortgage lenders and the attorney generals in 49 states

National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

Website provides information regarding Reverse Mortgages and participating lenders.

FAFSA Resource Guide

Use the trusted sites in this guide to help you navigate the FAFSA and the world of federal student aid.

Federal Student Aid Information Center

Provides information on federal loans, aid and grants

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)

Answers questions regarding student loan repayment and default prevention. Helps students find the servicing center and status of their federal loans

Loan Locator

Helps locate who administers a student loan

Paying for College

Learn more about student loans, repayment plans and other college payment resources

US Department of Education

Provides information on student loans programs

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Website provides information and resources available to U.S. veterans.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.

Personal vs Business Credit

The separation between your personal and your business finances (income and expenses) can be tricky for small businesses, especially when you ARE the business. More about business vs personal credit here:    PDF in English        PDF in Spanish


Personal vs Business Expenses

It’s easy for your personal finances to get tangled up with your business finances. But no matter what type of business you’re running, it’s a good idea to keep your personal finances separate from those of your business.  More about Business Expenses here:   PDF in English      PDF in Spanish


Small Business Cash Flow

Cash flow is the heart of any business and equally important as the owner’s skills, talent and passion. More about small business cash flow here:   PDF in English     PDF in Spanish