Self-Help Credit Union

Our Story


Self-Help Federal Credit Union was formed in 2008 to build a network of credit union branches to operate on a scale uncommon in the community development industry. Through a series of mergers, acquisitions, and new branch launches, in California, Illinois, and Florida we are building a community development credit union that aims to provide high-impact financial services to working class communities.

Self-Help Federal now has 23 branches, over $600 million in assets, and serves over 80,000 people. We are committed to delivering safe and affordable savings, transparently-priced accounts and a full suite of loans – small dollar, citizenship, unsecured consumer, auto, and mortgage – often to borrowers who could not access responsible services elsewhere.

Self-Help Federal is part of the Self-Help family of non-profit organizations with a common mission and leadership. Over its 36-year history, Self-Help has learned that access to responsible savings, loans, and transactions is key to financial security, family healthy, and improved opportunity for low-income families. Self-Help has delivered $6.8 billion in financing through almost 102,000 loans to families, individuals, and organizations across the nation.

Altogether, Self-Help Credit Union and Self-Help Federal Credit Union have merged with 16 credit unions and one bank to create a network of over 40 branches serving just over 130,000 people in five states.

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