Canopy Credit Union provides emergency rental assistance for members with a 0% Help with Rent loan

SPOKANE, WA (June 10, 2020) — Canopy Credit Union deployed a new Help with Rent Loan to help members whose income has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Now more than ever, safe affordable housing is a critical need in our community. We launched a personal loan special at the beginning of COVID-19 and witnessed the overwhelming need for assistance. Because there is continued need for financial assistance due to long term furloughs and layoffs, we decided to create this emergency Help with Rent Loan,” said Charlotte Nemec, Canopy President/CEO.

Canopy Credit Union recently received a $17,000 Workforce Housing Research Grant from the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. They used this grant to conduct focus groups with Strategic Research Associates to learn more about current renters’ needs and the needs of affordable housing agencies.

“With our remaining grant money, we wanted to do something that directly impacts the renting community, especially given the economic impact of this pandemic. The management team got together and quickly decided to create a 0% emergency loan for our members,” Nemec said.

Canopy Credit Union’s Help with Rent Loan is offering members up to $1,000 at 0% APR and up to 100 days before their first loan payment is due.

“Members in good standing for 30+ days are eligible for this loan for up to a 12-month term,” said Guy Ottersen, VP of Lending and Member Experience. “We have allocated $150,000 to lend out for this temporary Help with Rent Loan. We hope members can use this assistance to alleviate financial stress caused by COVID-19.”

The core of the credit union’s mission is to support their members and be available to them in times of need.

About Canopy Credit Union

Established in 1956, Canopy Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution that  currently has over 13,400 members and $238 million in assets. Its mission is to create healthier communities through financial inclusion. Those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Spokane, Pend Oreille, or Stevens counties are eligible for Canopy Credit  Union membership. Learn more at


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