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Second Federal: A Legacy of Trust

Second Federal
at a Glance

Original Name:
Columbia Savings & Loan

Five local leaders

Year Founded:

Year of Merger with Self-Help Federal Credit Union:

Original Founding Location:
Little Village - Chicago

Second Federal, located in Chicago’s Little Village, began providing banking services to immigrants in 1882. When the local population shifted from European to Latino, many banks left. But Second Federal stayed and helped its new customers thrive—until the housing crisis threatened massive foreclosures. This is the story of the resilience of this community and the remarkable trust that is Second Federal's legacy.


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Old photo of Second Federal Savings building

We’re proud that Second Federal is now part of the Self-Help family. The bank merged with Self-Help Federal Credit Union in 2013, when the foreclosure crisis threatened to close down Second Federal and leave hundreds of its customers without a home.

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