Grace Presbyterian Church 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - PO Box 1234, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 205-758-1193

People's Loan Program


People’s Loan Program

Tuscaloosa area churches and civic leaders have established a new resource for low-income residents.  This program will become available Spring 2019.

Using the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn, Alabama’s Presbyterian Community Ministry nonprofit corporation as a model, the group plans to make no interest loans available to eligible citizens for housing and utility needs, including money for emergency rent, mortgage and utility bills; for minor house repairs; for appliance, plumbing and power repairs, additions, or replacements; and any other living expenses.

The People’s Loan Program's mission statement is:

People’s Loan Program provides no-interest loans to residents of the West Alabama community, offering hope and dignity to those in financial distress.

The new organization works with “local municipalities, corporations and agencies in the areas of housing, food, and emergency loans and grants for usual and unusual expenses.” 

This ministry offers an alternative to the injurious payday loan process.  Payday loans allow borrowers with a bank account to use a check dated in the future as collateral for a cash loan. Each $100 borrowed through a payday loan in Alabama carries a “loan origination fee” of up to $17.50. Those charges occur with every renewal of the loan. With a typical 14-day loan period, this is an annual percentage rate (APR) of 456 percent.

Payday lenders are notorious for targeting older Americans, military service personnel, and communities of color. Their practices also harm the larger community – a recent study concluded that for every dollar paid in interest to payday lenders, $1.94 leaves the community.

We invite you to join us in this innovative project that will offer our community and neighbors relief from the negative effects of the loan-debt cycle.

To get involved or for additional information, please contact Rev. Lou Ann Sellers:

Click here to see a list of the PLP's Board of Directors and to learn more.