Freedom Financial Network Opens Consumer Helpline to Assist with COVID-19 Financial Questions
May 12, 2020
— Tempe company helps Arizonans with resources on unemployment, creditor, government assistance programs —
TEMPE,Ariz.,May 19, 2020 – As COVID-19 creates enormous financial difficulty for consumersacross the country, Freedom Financial Network (FFN) has launched a free consumer helpline for Arizonans in needof information and resources on how to manage the financial impacts of thepandemic.
Freedom Financial Network willstaff the helpline, 844-731-0886, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. MST, Monday through Friday. Specialistswill help consumers understand what options might be available to them tomanage through the financial impacts of the pandemic. They can address topicsincluding:
Informationon forbearance, deferment or other help from creditors (mortgage lenders,credit card issuers, personal loan lenders, student loan lenders)
Informationon small-business government assistance programs
Resourceguides and information about government assistance programs created to helpthose impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
“COVID-19 has ravaged financesfor millions of consumers in Arizona,” says Andrew Housser, co-founder andco-CEO of FFN. He points to the national employment rate ofalmost 15%, and the unemployment situation in the state. In Arizona,unemployment claims during the week ending May 2 were up 825%compared to the same period one year earlier. For the two weeks before that,they were up 892% and 1,259%.
“Many people are hurting rightnow, and need help in accessing accurate information about available assistanceprograms,” Housser continues. “Our helpline offers just that.”
“We take our commitment tohelping the communities in which we operate to heart, and now is the time tohelp Arizona,” he says. “Our mission at Freedom Financial Network is to empowereveryday people to move forward toward a better financial future. Sometimes,they need a little help along the way. This helpline is one of the best ways wecan do that right now.”FreedomFinancial Network has a longstanding history of helping consumers who arefacing financial hardship, with programs designed to help people resolve theirdebt. The company has operated in Arizona for 14 years, and currently employs morethan 2,300 Arizonans in its Tempe offices.