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Financial Counseling and Assistance

Understand Your Finances

The Ark is here to help our clients understand and manage their finances.

About Financial Counseling

Whether rent and utilities payments are a challenge, facing a fixed budget, or managing debt that seems overwhelming, The Ark can help. Our Certified Financial Counselor teaches clients healthy financial skills, including debt management, budgeting, and responsible spending. The financial counselor may make recommendations to the Clinical Director for financial assistance to clients, often in the form of rent and utility assistance.

Quick Budget Tips

Pay bills for living expenses first, your rent/mortgage and utilities, then make other payments. Speak with your Case Manager about applying for government benefits.


Create a budget and make sure to include all expenses, including those that are job related.


Set a goal to set aside funds in case of emergencies.

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