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PNC Bank Offering Loans To Improve Handicapped Accessibility

New Jersey Newsroom — Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BY TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

PNC Bank is offering personal unsecured loans through a new "Self-Reliant Loan" program to qualified disabled New Jerseyans for a range of services that enable independent living.

Bank officials and activists with non-profit New Jersey Citizen Action provided details about the program Tuesday at a Statehouse press conference in Trenton.

The loans, for example, can be used to provide computers with adaptive software, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom to improve accessibility and for the care of a service dog. In addition to a reduced interest-rate loan offer, PNC will award a $1,000 grant to borrowers who close on a Self-Reliant loan.

"The current economic environment has further heightened the need for creative solutions and close partnerships in serving the needs of physically challenged individuals," said Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Citizen Action director. "At a time when it's most needed, what could be more exciting than delivering a solution that advances the independence of people with physical challenges and the additional hurdles that presents?"

"PNC has an established history of working with highly regarded organizations dedicated to improving and strengthening the local communities that we are privileged to support," said Bill Best, a PNC senior vice president. "Today we clearly see the benefit and impact that the shared focus of PNC and New Jersey Citizen Action has for the varied communities we serve."

Debi Thompson, of Toms River, one of the loan program's first participants, said she used her loan to remodel a bathroom that will support wheelchair accessibility.

To learn more about the loan program visit: www.pnc.com.

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