COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Center

The most important thing we can lend is help.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting every area of our lives, and at LMCU, we know your finances are no exception. We recognize that we can’t afford to operate like it’s business as usual because there is nothing usual about our present circumstances. Instead, LMCU is taking measures to ensure each and every member has the financial support necessary.

The health and well-being of our members and the LMCU team remain our highest priority.  All of our branch locations are open, and we are observing the Michigan and Florida guidelines related to social distancing as well as other current requirements and safety measures.

  • Branch Service Information

    Our branch lobbies are now open.

    All LMCU branch lobbies have reopened, and our staff is ready to serve you. We’ll continue to require social distancing from our members and staff, as well as observe all other current Michigan and Florida health and safety guidelines. If you’re sick or have a fever, please stay home and give us a call at 800-242-9790 or visit LMCU.org instead. As always, our mobile app, ATMs, and branch drive-thrus offer convenient, no-contact ways to bank. You can also schedule a one-on-one in-person appointment at Scheduling.LMCU.org.

    • All branch lobbies at all locations are now open.
    • Our drive thrus remain open during regular branch hours. Find a location.
    • Our call center is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Just call 800-242-9790.
    • LMCU’s online banking empowers you to bank anywhere, anytime 24/7. Sign up or log in via the Online Banking button at the top of the site.
    • LMCU’s mobile app lets you do almost anything you can do in a branch, including deposit checks. Download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.
    • Our members have access to LMCU ATMs across Michigan and Florida and 55,000 Allpoint ATMs in places like Target, Walgreens and CVS. Find your nearest ATM.
    • For member convenience, please use this link to schedule an appointment at your local branch.

    Because we’re a member of the NCUA, deposits of up to $250,000 are insured by the federal government. So your money will be here waiting for you whenever you need it.

  • Special Relief Loan

    If you need immediate financial help, we’ve got your back. Special relief loan now available starting at 1.99% APR*. Members who qualify can take out a temporary relief loan to help weather the financial burden potentially caused by COVID-19. Loan amounts up to $12,000**. Call (844) 301-8899 or email [email protected] for more information.

    *APR = annual percentage rate. **Loan amounts are tailored to individual employment situations and credit qualification. Restrictions apply.

  • Mortgage

    Help with your mortgage. If you’re having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, contact our team at (800) 242-9790, ext. 9931, and we'll work with you one-on-one to find a solution.
    These hours are:
    Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
    Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    • Homeowners FAQ

      Social distancing won't stop us from standing by your side. If COVID-19 has affected your ability to pay your mortgage, we're here to help. We've compiled a list of common questions and answers.

      I’m unable to pay my mortgage due to COVID-19. Can LMCU help? Yes. As a mortgage servicer, we’re continuing to follow the government’s guidelines, and we’ll work with you one-on-one to find a solution.

      What is the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? If you qualify, The Pandemic Forbearance Plan temporarily pauses mortgage payments for an initial period of 180 days. At the end of this period, all payments will need to be repaid. However, you may have options if you can’t repay it all at once.

      Do I qualify for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? You qualify if COVID-19 has impacted your ability to make your mortgage payment and you have a federally backed loan (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, USDA). Your property must fall into one of the following:

      • a single-family residence
      • a 1-4 family residence; or
      • an individual unit of a condominium or cooperative.

      Are my bankruptcy accounts eligible for a Pandemic Forbearance Plan? If you or a co-borrower on the loan is currently a debtor in an active bankruptcy case, you may need to obtain a Bankruptcy Court approval of your forbearance plan.

      How do I apply for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? Contact our team at (800) 242-9790, ext. 9931 and we’ll work with you one-on-one to find the best solution. Our hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      When should I apply for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? The Pandemic Forbearance Plan as outlined in the CARES Act is for a period up to 180 days with the option to extend your forbearance up to an additional 180 days. If you can afford to make your monthly mortgage payment, do so as long as possible. By waiting until you need the help, you will give yourself the longest possible time period to receive assistance.

      If you qualify, the process to receive the Pandemic Forbearance Plan is fast and, in most cases, can be completed anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours from the point of initial discussions about your options to entering into the plan.

      Is there additional paperwork needed to apply for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? No. There is no paperwork required that you need to complete. The only paperwork you’ll receive is for your review only. The only documents required are those showing that you had: 1.) Reduction in income; and/or 2.) An increase in expenses in relation to COVID-19.

      Will additional interest and/or late fees be charged on my loan during the Pandemic Forbearance Plan period? No, for the forbearance period granted, all late fees are waived, and no additional interest is charged. At the end of the forbearance period granted, only your regular principal, interest, and any outstanding escrow payments will be due.

      Will my credit be affected by going on the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? No. Because you’re impacted by COVID-19, all payments that are paused during your forbearance period under the Pandemic Forbearance Plan will not be reported late to the credit bureaus.

      If I elect to enter into forbearance under the Pandemic Forbearance Plan, how long can I pause my mortgage payment? You can pause your mortgage payment up to 180 days, with the potential option to extend your forbearance if you’re unable to resume making payments.

      If I can’t pay the full amount of my missed payments at the end of the Pandemic Forbearance Plan period, what are my options? You may have a few options, including:

      • Extend the forbearance period in three-month increments (up to 12 months total)
      • Enter a repayment plan. Over a set number of months (usually two to six), an extra amount will be added to your regular mortgage payment to cover the amount owed from the forbearance.
      • Modify your loan. If you qualify, your loan’s terms (which could include interest rate and term length) may be adjusted to provide an affordable payment and cover the amount owed. This may include an extension at the end of the loan, giving you additional months to pay.

      Will the Pandemic Forbearance Plan affect my mortgage insurance? Yes. If you have private mortgage insurance (PMI) or FHA mortgage insurance premium (MIP), a forbearance plan may extend the number of months you must pay on time in order to cancel your PMI or MIP.

      If I was delinquent on my mortgage prior to COVID-19, can I still qualify for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? Yes. The forbearance plan is available to all affected homeowners, including those who were delinquent prior to the pandemic. However, your delinquency may impact the options available to you at the end of your forbearance plan.

      I’m on an active trial modification or other workout plan. Will the Pandemic Forbearance Plan affect it? Yes. Your active trial modification or other workout plan will be cancelled if you opt for the Pandemic Forbearance Plan. At the end of your Pandemic Forbearance Plan period, you can reapply, but we can’t guarantee you’ll be approved.

      Will the Pandemic Forbearance Plan affect my incentive payments on my Home Affordable Modification Plan (HAMP)? Only if you fail to bring your loan current at the end of the Pandemic Forbearance Plan period. If you don’t pay the missed payments in full at the end of the period or you enter into a repayment plan, this will cause you to lose incentives under a HAMP modification.

      I received principal forgiveness as part of my permanent loan modification. Will participation in the Pandemic Forbearance Plan affect it? Only if you fail to bring your loan to current status at the end of the Pandemic Forbearance Plan period. If you don’t pay the missed payments in full at the end of the three-month period, or you enter into a repayment plan, you’ll no longer be in good standing and you will no longer receive principal forgiveness.

      Can my house be foreclosed on or can I be evicted? No. Beginning 3/18/2020, there is a moratorium on all foreclosure and eviction proceedings for 60 calendar days, meaning that no evictions can lawfully occur, regardless of whether you opt for the forbearance plan.

      If you opt for any forbearance plan, we will not proceed with foreclosure initiations or foreclosure sales during the identified forbearance period.

      Will I continue to receive a billing statement while on the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? Yes. We are legally required to send you a billing statement showing the amount due every 30 days.

      I have auto-pay set-up. Will I need to turn it off during the Pandemic Forbearance Plan? We’ll automatically cancel your LMCU auto-pay. However, if you see that your auto-pay is not cancelled, you should take steps to cancel it on your MyLoans account.

      I’m on the Pandemic Forbearance Plan. Why am I receiving documents indicating that I’m delinquent? In a forbearance period, your loan is technically considered delinquent, and we are legally required to send you certain notices about your delinquent status. But there’s no need to worry. During your forbearance period, we are:

      • Not charging you late fees
      • Not reporting your delinquency state to credit agencies, so your credit will not be affected
      • Not taking steps in any foreclosure proceeding while the forbearance plan is in place

      No additional interest will be charged if you pay off your forbearance at the end of your period granted or if you do a deferral. However, the regular interest on your mortgage will continue to accrue. If you decide to enter into a type of loan modification instead, your loan is re-amortized.

      If I decide later on that I don’t want the Pandemic Forbearance Plan, can I cancel it? Yes. You have the option to cancel any forbearance plan at any time. Just remember that all missed payments during the forbearance plan period will be due when the forbearance plan ends or cancellation date – whichever date is earliest.

      What if my financial situation changes during my Pandemic Forbearance Plan? Contact our team at (800) 242-9790, ext. 9331 to immediately reassess your circumstances and discuss alternatives. Our hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      I’m currently going through a refinance. If I enter into the Pandemic Forbearance Plan, will it affect my close? Potentially. If your forbearance is active, you’re unlikely to qualify for a refinance on your home loan.

      Is the Pandemic Forbearance Plan right for me? If you need temporary relief from your mortgage payments due to the pandemic, the forbearance plan could help. However, we encourage you to speak with your financial advisor or attorney before making this decision.

      Are other mortgage servicers providing the same assistance options to those impacted by COVID-19? Yes, all mortgage servicers are required via the CARES Act to offer the same assistance for investor/government backed mortgage.

      If you have been impacted by COVID-19 please contact your Mortgage Servicer with any questions that you may have, to see what options are available for you. LMCU, like many other mortgage lenders in the industry, originates your loan. This means that we, like other lenders, underwrite your loan to make sure you qualify for mortgage investors like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, the VA…etc. After your loan closes, your mortgage may then be sold to an investor, who is the party responsible for offering the Pandemic Forbearance Plan assistance at this time. We are continually working with these agencies/investors and our policy makers to advocate for our mortgage members impacted by COVID-19 and are updating the options for our members as we receive updates.

    • Mortgage Servicing Resources

      Access your mortgage account information anywhere you are. Visit your MyLoans portal to view your mortgage balance, mortgage statements, tax statements and more.

    • Home Financing FAQ

      During the stay-at-home and social distancing orders, we are continually working on delivering new ways to provide you with a smooth mortgage experience that meets the orders issued and keeps you and our staff safe. We’ve compiled a list of common questions and answers on the latest here.

      If I am looking to purchase a home or would like to refinance will you still be able to close my loan? Yes. With the current restrictions of the Stay-At-Home order issued by Michigan and Florida’s Governors and Social Distancing order issued by the President of the United States, we are continually working on and delivering new ways to provide you with a smooth mortgage experience that meets the orders issued and keeps you and our staff safe.

      How do I apply for refinance or a new home financing? We have multiple ways to help you with your home financing needs. These options can all be done from the comfort of your home.

      If you are looking to purchase a home or refinance, call us at (844) 754-6280, connect with a Loan Officer electronically, or experience our new online mortgage application- HomeFast.

      What if an appraiser is supposed to come to my house? Depending upon the type of mortgage or reason for financing, we do have some alternative appraisal types that may not require an interior inspection. Those alternative could include property inspection waivers, desktop or exterior only appraisals. In instances that require an interior inspection appraisal we’re working with appraisers to make sure that no one is conducting an appraisal who shouldn’t be based on health symptoms, recent travel, interactions, etc. Appraisers that are going into homes are observing the CDC guidelines and are taking the proper sanitary measures the entire time they’re at your home.

      If you have an appraiser that is coming into your home, they are asking to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet and to not shake hands. Additionally, they may even arrive wearing rubber gloves or a facemask as an added precaution. This is done to follow the CDC guidelines.

      If an interior inspection appraisal is required and you think that you may be sick, or if you’ve visited an area with active outbreaks, please let us know so we can determine if an alternative solution is possible.

      How do I close my loan during the Stay-At-Home and Social Distancing Orders? The mortgage process is still able to continue through the Stay-At-Home and Social Distancing Orders. Title and settlement service providers are deemed essential third party services to financing. LMCU and these essential service providers are all following the CDC recommendations, guidelines and sanitary procedures while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet. Where possible we are having some documents signed electronically.

  • Business Members

    The Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") is part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), being offered through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and is currently at capacity. If more funding becomes available, we are here to help our existing members navigate the process.

    The CARES Act also amended the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) but that program is also currently at capacity.

    Additional information about PPP, EIDL and other SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, is available at the SBA's website. Please know the PPP loan has received an overwhelming response. We are doing our best to help every member in need of support, for the PPP and more. We appreciate your patience.

  • Fraud and Security

    Protect your money and your sensitive information.

    Phishing scams continue to increase and even during times like these, when everyone is pulling together, there are bad actors out there who are looking to take advantage.

    Several government agencies have identified a number of scams related to COVID-19, some examples are noted below:

    • Stimulus check scams: Scammers are asking people to sign up to receive checks and asking for bank account or other sensitive personal information. Others are offering services to expedite checks for a fee – anyone who qualifies for a stimulus check is not required to make any up-front payment or pay a fee.
    • Treatment scams: Scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19.
    • Supply scams: Scammers are creating fake shops, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies through these channels, fraudsters pocket the money and never provide the promised supplies.
    • Provider scams: Scammers are also contacting people by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, and demanding payment for that treatment.
    • Charity scams: Scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19.
    • Phishing scams: Scammers posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.
    • App scams: Scammers are also creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and personal information.
    • Investment scams: Scammers are offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result. These promotions are often styled as “research reports,” make predictions of a specific “target price,” and relate to microcap stocks, or low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies with limited publicly available information.

    As an important reminder, Lake Michigan Credit Union ("LMCU"), takes every available precaution to protect your money and secure your personal information.

    If you receive an email or phone call requesting confidential information or verification, or asking you to sign into your LMCU account, it is not from LMCU. If you have already shared information or clicked on a suspicious link in an email that did not originate from LMCU, please contact us immediately at (800) 242-9790 or at [email protected]

    At LMCU, one of our top priorities is to protect our members, which includes preparing you to protect yourself.

    Four tips for keeping your money safe.

    1. Never click on email links that look like they connect you directly to online banking. Always visit LMCU.org from your browser and access online banking through our home page. Or, you can use your mobile device to access our secure mobile banking app.
    2. LMCU will never call, email, or text you to verify your online banking username, password, PIN number, text messages, or routing information. If you are contacted by phone, email, or via text, and are asked for this information, please do not share any information and contact us directly at (800) 242-9790 or at [email protected]
    3. Sign up for text alerts in online banking, and get notified every time a transaction occurs. To sign up, log into your online banking account at LMCU.org, select Services, then click Set up or Modify eAlerts.
    4. Use a strong password that is unique for LMCU online banking and includes a combination of numbers, letters, uppercase and lowercase, and special characters. We recommend 14 characters or more. As an alternative for even greater security, turn on the mobile authenticator to send a unique passcode to your mobile app which takes the place of your regular online banking password during login. To set it up, log into your online banking account at LMCU.org, select Services, then Mobile Authenticator.
  • LMCU in the Community

    Besides our continued financial support to our many non-profit partners in Michigan and Florida, LMCU is finding ways to support the immediate needs in our communities, as we also participate in planning and providing assistance for the continued path forward.

    Our areas of support typically include education, health and well-being, and housing.

    Some examples of how we are impacting our communities include:

    • A collective donation of $50,000 to partner agencies across our market area specifically responding to needs created by COVID-19. Recipients included:
      • Heart of West Michigan United Way
      • Southwest Florida Community Foundation
      • United Way of the Lakeshore (Muskegon)
      • Greater Ottawa County United Way
      • United Way of Southeast Michigan
      • United Way of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor)
      • Capital Area United Way (Lansing)
      • United Way of the Battle Creek & Kalamazoo
      • United Way Saginaw County
      • Community Foundation of Greater Flint
      • Grand Traverse Community Foundation
      • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
      • Feeding America of West Michigan
      • Cherry Health
    • LMCU’s annual Band Together donation campaign in May pivoted to support our Michigan and Florida hospital partners and their COVID-19 response o LMCU matched first $15,000 of donations o Campaign donations from LMCU members and employees will result in over $50,000 raised for hospitals
    • $10,000 donation to Grand Rapids Public Schools for technology needs of students related to distance learning
    • 37,500 pairs of foot-coverings meant for the spring Parade of Homes events that LMCU sponsors, were donated to nine hospitals across Michigan and Florida
    • Seven LMCU branches served as Personal Protective Equipment drop-off sites for Mercy Health in West Michigan
    • LMCU partnered with TransNation Title to donate 400 N95 masks to frontline hospital workers in Muskegon
    • Provided a financial match that helped drive donations of over $100,000 to replace meals that were no longer able to be provided for children in West Michigan schools.
    • Partnered with the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kent County Health Department to distribute Return-to-Work resource materials in Spanish for Hispanic-owned businesses in Grand Rapids, along with masks for their employees and customers.
    • Nine laptops were purchased for refugee high school students in need of computers to participate in distance learning in partnership with Treetops Collective
    • Purchased 600 cloth masks for front line service workers in West Michigan and Southeast Michigan distributed to the following organizations:
      • Mary Free Bed
      • Cherry Health
      • St. Anne’s Mead (SE Michigan)
      • Hispanic Center
    • Multiple LMCU teams coordinated the purchase of meal delivery to first responders, hospital staff, and other essential workforces across the communities we serve.

    Important event update: Due to COVID-19, all spring shred days have been cancelled. To bring your sensitive documents for shredding, check the events page for shred days that will be scheduled in the fall.

  • Additional Resources

    • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    • Treasury
    • Get help with your other bills

      If you’re struggling to pay your bills, here are some ways other businesses are willing to help. Just make sure you check with the specific companies you use, because every business is different.

      Utility companies are waiving penalties like late payment fees and even suspending disconnections.

      Cell phone carriers are waiving late fees, suspending disconnections, waiving data overage charges, and even waiving long distance fees for calls to certain countries. If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, check with your carrier to see if they’ve gifted you extra data too.

      Home and auto insurance companies are waiving fees, offering payment deferrals, suspending policy cancellations, and in some cases, even offering a partial refund of your policy.

      How to get started.
      Check with your service provider online. See what kinds of relief they offer and make sure to check if that relief is automatic, or if you need to request it. If you need to request it, verify the process including any forms or information you need to provide.