If you are having trouble keeping up with your bills, one of your options might be consolidation of your bill payments. A Debt Management Plan, made available to BALANCE clients through CCCS of San Francisco, allows you to make just one payment to all your creditors. Frequently, creditors will stop collection action, lower payments and, in some cases, reduce or eliminate interest and fees.
Free, confidential consultations with a professional counselor are available weekdays, evenings, and weekends for your convenience. No matter where you live, we can help. We offer counseling by phone and we pay for the call.
Call Toll-FreeCounselors are available to assist with your debt management plan:
- Monday – Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST
- Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST
Call 1-888-456-2227 for your no-cost, private counseling. You will be asked to provide your name and account number to confirm your membership with Altura Credit Union.
During your free and confidential hour-long session, your counselor will go over your income, living expenses and debt in detail and will offer information and suggestions for dealing with debt issues such as delinquent rent or mortgage payments, credit card bills, past due utilities, back taxes or student loan delinquency, or credit accounts sent to collections. You might also choose a one-hour appointment to go over first time homebuyer preparation (budgeting to pay off debt and save for a down payment, among other things).
Preparing for the Consultation
To design the most effective plan for becoming debt free, your counselor will need to know your monthly income and living expenses as well as how much you owe to each of your creditors. Prior to the session, we suggest you complete our client worksheet Personal Financial Assessment so the session can be spent analyzing your information and developing an effective plan of action.
For more information about our partnership with BALANCE, please call 1-888-883-7228 or visit your local Altura branch.