American Consumer Credit Counseling Celebrates 30 Years in Business

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For the last 30 years, we've been committed to empowering thousands of consumers to regain control over the quality of their lives through financial education, counseling, and debt management.

American Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. (ACCC) today announced that 2021 marks the 30-year anniversary of the national nonprofit helping consumers regain control of their finances and plan for a debt-free future.

ACCC has helped over a million American consumers since co-founded in 1991 by the late Steven Trumble to provide budget counseling services to individual consumers. Mr. Trumble served as President and CEO of ACCC until his death in March 2021.

Today, ACCC is one of the leading nonprofit debt management and credit counseling agencies in the country. In September 2021, ACCC was ranked #1 among the Forbes.com top debt management services in the United States. Established and maintained as a nonprofit, ACCC strives to develop a greater community of financially responsible individuals and families that will thrive for generations to come. Through collaboration with community partners and financial institutions, ACCC is dedicated to providing unsurpassed financial education and services to those who need it most.

"For the last 30 years, we've been committed to empowering thousands of consumers to regain control over the quality of their lives through financial education, counseling, and debt management"," said Allen Amadin, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. "It's important for us to maintain the tradition and commitment to support our clients that Steve Trumble established, and to which he dedicated his entire career."

In 2009, ACCC was approved by the Executive Office for the United States Trustees (EOUST) to issue Pre- Bankruptcy Counseling Certificates and Post-Debtor education in compliance with the bankruptcy code. Consumers filing bankruptcy are required to be counseled before they can file a bankruptcy petition. Before a bankruptcy discharge, consumers must take a post-debtor education course.

In 2010, ACCC was approved by HUD to offer housing counseling services that include reverse mortgage counseling and an online first-time homebuyer certification program.

''ACCC released the Financial Peace of Mind book in 2011 to provide consumers with a guide to regaining control of their financial future. The book, co-authored by Steve Trumble and Katie Ross, provides a step-by-step guide that shares with consumers the fundamental elements of a healthy financial life – making the journey to financial healthy manageable and attainable. For the last 30 years, ACCC has helped thousands of individuals by providing them with debt counseling and other services.

In March 2020, ACCC established the Financial Health Index to measure how American consumers were feeling about their financed and the overall U.S. economy during a time of economic disruption caused by the pandemic. This quarterly survey has allowed ACCC to understand and measure consumers' financial priorities and circumstances around income security, financial stability, and household debt.

"Income security, financial stability, and household debt became major pressing issues for American consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Katie Ross, Executive Vice President at ACCC. "Throughout the last year and a half, we have been by their side providing financial assistance and support to help guide consumers through this unprecedented time."

In 2021, ACCC launched a financial literacy virtual webinar program to expand its reach nationally and to help those more disadvantaged and hardest hit by the pandemic. "There is a need for readily available and balanced exposure to financial education, especially for those in low incomes or economically vulnerable positions," says Ross. "Building financial knowledge and security involves harnessing an array of resources to support and enable families to sustain themselves, thrive, and move up. With the launch of the virtual programming and through in-person workshops, ACCC has delivered nearly 400 workshops and financial coaching sessions, reaching 3500 consumers nationwide."

For the past 30 years, ACCC has been one of the leading credit counseling agencies in the nation and continues to be an organization that commits itself to delivering quality programs and services that will transform the lives of individuals and families for future generations.

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