Portland, ME – July 13, 2021 - Constant, a fast-growing provider of digitized, self-service technologies for banks and credit unions, announced today its partnership with Alkami, a leading digital banking solutions provider, to deliver a transformative solution to enhance digital loan servicing and loss mitigation for banks and credit unions across the nation.
Despite the digitization of the front office, such as with loan applications, the loan servicing and loss mitigation processes are normally handled by people in the middle and back office who rely on manual, paper-based processes and green screen technology. This can lead to a delay in response times, costly errors, lost files, and increased non-compliance risk. With regard to hardship relief, clients/borrowers would need to call their banks, visit a branch or send an email to get payment assistance when experiencing a financial hardship. Wait times can be extreme, depending on the volume of requests.
“Our partnership with Constant is an exciting venture and one that will give us the opportunity to offer banks and credit unions in our client community a platform that digitizes antiquated, manual, back-office processes so borrowers can access debt payment relief and financial wellness information around the clock,” said Stephen Bohanon, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Sales Officer, Alkami. “Constant will help us deliver an enhanced digital experience that will empower our clients and their customers or members to obtain debt payment assistance seamlessly. We are thrilled to have them as a member of our Gold Partner Program.”
“With increased consumer protection scrutiny and borrowers demanding faster turnaround, servicers will need to refresh their strategies for managing customer and member interactions, retention and sustained financial hardships,” said Catherine York Powers, CEO of Constant. “As payment assistance, forbearance, and foreclosure relief come to an end, there is urgency to make those preparations to prepare for increased delinquency trends and avoid unnecessary consumer harm wherever possible. We are both encouraged by Alkami’s decision to tackle that responsibility proactively and are excited to support them and their clients.”
Constant, through the partnership with Alkami, will offer its hardship relief and financial wellness solutions to Maine-based cPort Credit Union. Constant’s self-service features will be available to cPort members as an extension of their existing online banking experience. As the first credit union in Maine to proactively offer expanded, digital loss mitigation services to its members, cPort is delivering on its commitment to operate responsibly and generate long-term value and stability for those that need it most in the local community.
“When it comes to financial hardships, asking for help can be difficult. We care deeply about the communities we serve so making it easy for our members to connect and get the help they need was important to us,” said Kelsey Marquis, SVP & Chief Financial Officer for cPort Credit Union. “Constant allows us to deliver on our commitment to continuously drive innovation and provide leading-edge solutions to meet our members’ changing needs with the honesty, respect and fairness our members expect from us.”
Alkami Technology, Inc. is a leading cloud-based digital banking solutions provider for financial institutions in the United States that enables clients to grow confidently, adapt quickly and build thriving digital communities. The Alkami Platform is the digital banking and fraud mitigation platform of choice for over 240 financial institutions. Alkami’s investments have resulted in a premium platform that has enabled it to replace older, larger and better-funded incumbents and provide clients with world-class experiences reflecting their individual digital strategies.
About cPort Credit Union
cPort Credit Union strives to deliver the best possible financial experience to its members through a high level of personalized service, convenient banking technology, and commitment to giving back to the areas it serves. cPort offers financial services through its membership to anyone who lives or works in Cumberland, Kennebec, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and York counties in Maine. From mortgages and home equities to vehicle, unsecured, higher education and other consumer loans, as well as commercial products, cPort is ready to meet the financial needs of its members. For more information or to apply for a loan, please visit https://www.cportcu.org.
Constant, a fintech founded in 2015, is transforming the outdated business of getting debt repaid by automating manual loan management tasks and empowering borrowers to self-serve. Constant modernizes loan servicing and loss mitigation with interactive, digital solutions that enable borrowers to better understand, manage and pay back their debts. Loan servicers are able to reduce costs by almost half and drive down errors, and compliance risk while improving customer experiences - without having to change their core systems.
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