The payday loan trap: don’t get caught

Who are these organizations – and why should you trust them?

NerdWallet has vetted the organizations listed in this database to ensure that they provide consumer-first services, either through low-interest loans or financial assistance.

These local community centers and nonprofits serve people who need help with rent, transportation, paying utilities or other emergencies. Theyre part of your community and have track records of helping people just like you. Many offer advice and education to help you make the right financial decisions even after the immediate crisis has passed.

Not only do these organizations offer an alternative to payday loans when an urgent need arises, they also help avert a cycle of debt that can trap you for years. That empowers you to make the right financial decisions for you and your family far into the future.

Why is NerdWallet interested in payday loans?

NerdWallets mission is to provide consumers clarity for all of lifes financial decisions – from immediate worries about paying for necessities to long-term decisions that lead you toward a life without financial stress.

Toxic loans made by payday lenders complicate that path. Every year, payday loans trap millions of consumers in a cycle of debt.

Our goal is to support organizations that provide better alternatives and promoting financial literacy.

To learn more, please reach out to agordon@nerdwallet.com