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Fair Housing

By Bruce McClary The passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 heralded a new era of economic opportunity for millions, protecting buyers and renters from discrimination. While many are aware of its existence, it is not uncommon to find confusion over specific protections and enforcement. As providers of housing and rental counseling, it is important to understand the key elements of the Act and how action can be taken …Read More

NFCC® Announces Participation in CFPB Financial Education Exchange

By Bruce McClary Financial educators and consumers share many of the same goals in the ever changing world of personal finance, including the need to stay up-to-date with the latest information and resources. The NFCC is pleased to announce participation in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Financial Education Exchange (CFPB FinEx) unveiled today. “Financial educators rely on quality training and resources to help them serve consumers,” said NFCC president and …Read More

Debt and the Deceased: How Should Spouses and Heirs Proceed?

By Jason Alderman When a loved one dies, is it possible to inherit their debt? It’s a serious question for heirs and particularly for couples who hold debt jointly. In most cases, a deceased person’s debts fall to their estate for payment. However, depending on state law, shared credit relationships and the amount of debt in question, surviving family members may be shocked to learn that they could be legally …Read More

Love Your Mom and Your Budget

By Jesse Campbell Mother’s Day has been a national holiday in the United States for over one hundred years now. Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 declaring that the second Sunday in May would be a day to celebrate and honor mothers. It’s been all flowers, cards, and Sunday afternoon phone calls since then. By no means was Mother’s Day ever intended to be what we like to call …Read More

NFCC Network Receives Housing Grant

By Bruce McClary The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $36 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. The NFCC and its member agencies will receive a combined total of more than $6 million of those funds, representing 19.4% of the total award. The NFCC Intermediary received over $1.3 million, with …Read More

NFCC Welcomes New Members

By Bruce McClary The NFCC proudly announces the addition of two new members. NeighborWorks Umpqua and Take Charge America who joined the NFCC during the first quarter of the year, bringing the total membership to 77 agencies with nearly 600 community-based locations across America. “We are pleased to welcome NeighborWorks Umpqua and Take Charge America as the newest members of the NFCC,” said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the …Read More

NFCC Releases 2015 Financial Literacy Survey

By Bruce McClary The NFCC and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, the survey provides a look at the American consumer’s level of knowledge as it relates to financial literacy, as well as trends associated with personal finance behavior. In the …Read More

A Vacation That Won’t Ruin Your Finances

By Mark Foster Vacations are right around the corner for many families. If you’re not careful, a trip can hurt the family’s finances, making it difficult to pay the bills. To avoid this, the first step to vacation planning is to decide where you want to go, right? Wrong! The first step is to look at your finances and calculate how much vacation you can afford. There’s no sense in …Read More

NFCC Supports National Retirement Planning Week®

By Drew Kessler The NFCC is proud to announce that it will be supporting National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 – a national effort to encourage Americans to plan for their financial needs in retirement. National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 will take place from April 13 to 17. The week is organized by the National Retirement Planning Coalition – a group of prominent education, consumer advocacy, and financial services organizations, which recognize …Read More

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

By Jason Alderman Figuring out college financial aid can be complex. Today, applying for assistance starts online – with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds. Whether you’re a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile …Read More