CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING EXPANDS PROGRAM IN KLAMATH COUNTY
Payee Service program helps disabled and elderly safely pay bills
MEDFORD, OR—Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon (CCCS) today announced that they have been certified by the Oregon Department of Human Services to start accepting Oregon Money Management clients in Klamath County.
The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) Payee Service provides personal money management assistance to people who are disabled, who are 18 years of age and older, or to those who are 60 years and older, are required to have a payee by a federal payer and do not have family or friends who are able to help them.
“This news from the State is welcome as we continue to expand to reach more people in southern Oregon, and work to better meet their needs,” said Bill Ihle, Executive Director and CEO of CCCS. “We already serve OMMP clients in Jackson & Josephine Counties, and now we will add Klamath County. This is a validation of the success of this program, which provides vital services to those in need.”
CCCS has been serving individuals in the OMMP program in Jackson and Josephine Counties since 2011. A key part of the program includes meeting the client’s essential needs, placing priority on meeting covering basic expenses such as housing, utilities, food and medical expenses.
CCCS is an approved agency with the Social Security Administration for the Representative Payee Program. Through this program, CCCS receives Social Security Benefits on the clients’ behalf and issues payments for their monthly expenditures.
CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE OF SOUTHERN OREGON OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FEDERAL WORKERS
Medford-based Non-Profit Offers Free Budgeting and Financial Counseling to U.S. Workers Affected by Government Shutdown
MEDFORD, OR —Federal government workers and contractors who aren’t getting a paycheck during the federal government shutdown have a friend in Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon.
Today, the Medford-based community non-profit organization announced it will provide free debt management and budgeting counseling to all laid off U.S. government workers and contractors. CCCS stressed they aren’t taking a political stance on this issue, but simply offering help to families who find themselves in need.
“We can all relate to the hardship that comes with financial insecurity that is outside of our control,” said Bill Ihle Executive Director and CEO of CCCS. “These families who are affected by the shutdown often live paycheck to paycheck, and now they find themselves adjusting to a reduced monthly budget. Soon they may be forced to make hard decisions as they struggle to pay their mortgage or rent, pay credit card bills and putt food on the table.”
Credit counselors at CCCS are fully certified, and are experienced in helping community members through tough times.
“We know these workers are looking for solutions and we will try and find them. What we are offering is completely free financial and budgeting counseling to these workers,” said Ihle.
Ihle notes this is not the first government shutdown in recent years, and it may not be the last. In addition to reviewing options for debt management and budgeting, credit counselors can talk with clients about establishing a rainy day fund to use in the case of an emergency.
CCCS will waive all fees to any laid off U.S. government worker or federal contractor in the region, as long as the shutdown lasts. To qualify, the clients would only need to present a valid U.S. government ID or recent government check stub and contact the CCCS office at 541-779-2273 or at improvedcredit.org.