— 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 consumers across the country, Freedom Financial Network (FFN) has launched a free consumer helpline for Arizonans in need of information and resources on how to manage the financial impacts of the pandemic.
Freedom Financial Network will staff the helpline, 844-731-0886, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. MST, Monday through Friday. Specialists will help consumers understand what options might be available to them to manage through the financial impacts of the pandemic. They can address topics including:
- Information on forbearance, deferment or other help from creditors (mortgage lenders, credit card issuers, personal loan lenders, student loan lenders)
- Potential unemployment assistance
- Information on small-business government assistance programs
- Resource guides and information about government assistance programs created to help those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
“COVID-19 has ravaged finances for millions of consumers in Arizona,” says Andrew Housser, co-founder and co-CEO of FFN. He points to the national employment rate of almost 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 right now, and need help in accessing accurate information about available assistance programs,” Housser continues. “Our helpline offers just that.”
“We take our commitment to helping the communities in which we operate to heart, and now is the time to help Arizona,” he says. “Our mission at Freedom Financial Network is to empower everyday 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 we can do that right now.” Freedom Financial Network has a longstanding history of helping consumers who are facing financial hardship, with programs designed to help people resolve their debt. The company has operated in Arizona for 14 years, and currently employs more than 2,300 Arizonans in its Tempe offices.