Oakland’s Community Check Cashing offers an alternative that is unusual the underbanked.
By Susie Cagle
9, 2018 july
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Nestled in a taupe stucco shopping plaza in East Oakland, Community Check Cashing’s unassuming storefront blends in between the beauty hair hair salon while the immigration-law office.
A neon indication blinks when you look at the front window as customers stream inside and out, the doorway chiming for every single arrival: a m
This short article ended up being reported with help through the Economic Hardship Reporting venture.
Three other check-cashing and payday financing stores within the neighbor hood boast bigger shops, bigger crowds, greater charges, and much more impressive neon. But unlike its next-door neighbors, the small, peaceful CCC, which will be now entering its 10th 12 months of operations, was designed to run without turning a revenue.
“We face both being ignored as well as the occasional hostility, ” said Community Check Cashing’s founder and administrator director, Daniel Leibsohn.
With just 1,300 square foot and a $230,000 budget that is annual CCC acts equivalent client base as its for-profit counterparts, but to no great reward, with costs and interest levels incorporating as much as less than half those associated with competition. The business has already established, in Leibsohn’s words, “four near-death experiences” since its opening in May 2009. No benefits—less than half the time in the nearly nine years of operation since, there’s only been enough revenue to pay his salary—$60,000 a year.