Ways to Work is a nationwide program designed to help people with credit challenges become more financially stable with small, low-interest loans.
Virginia Ayers, Program Coordinator for Ways to Work-Boys Town, says in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, the program is co-administered by Boys Town and Heartland Family Service.
Ayers says the majority of their applicants need the loan money to purchase a car. She says the program’s lender is Pinnacle Bank, and the loan maximum is $8000 at 6% interest.
“And when they find a car that is good on gas, low on repair costs, hasn’t been in any accidents, not a salvage title, then we can move forward to have the vehicle inspected. So, I have the vehicles fully inspected; I do the research on-line to find out if it’s a good vehicle, and if it is good, then we move forward with setting up a close with Pinnacle Bank.”
Ayers says being able to buy a car often enables people to move forward in their careers or accept a better job.
She says to qualify, applicants have to have meet certain income guidelines, have worked at least 20 hours a week for 6 months, have dependent children at home and have challenged credit. She says they also have to participate in a financial literacy class covering topics like budgeting and credit management.
For more information on Ways to Work-Boys Town, the number is 866-213-4239.