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3/12/2014
Inspired by CLI, teens open ‘clothing closet’ to fight bullying
Bullying is painfully common on school campuses everywhere – with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that one in four high school students are victimized, and more than two-thirds are witnesses.
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2/10/2014
Privacy breaches offer ‘teaching moment’ for financial education
One of the most effective ways to stay relevant to your community, build support and attract positive attention is to tie your services and message into “hot topics” in the media and around the kitchen table. One of those hot topics these days is the security of personal data, triggered by the theft of credit and debit card numbers and the personal information — including names, email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses — of as many as 70 million Target customers.
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2/2/2014
Tax time is ideal platform for financial-education outreach
All of the data aren't in yet for 2013, but it's safe to assume that hundreds of thousands of people became first-time homeowners last year. Becoming a homeowner also means that many people for the first time will find it beneficial to itemize their tax returns. The advertisements about using a paid, professional service for completing and filing tax forms are filling the airwaves, newspapers and other media. Most of these advertisements promise friendly and fast service. But few if any of these ads disclose the cost.
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1/31/2014
Redefining ‘renters vs. owners’ to ‘neighbors’
Surveys show wide disparities between perceptions of renters vs. homeowners – some based on reality, and others that are not. Many of the problems could be alleviated, however, if more programs encouraged neighbor-to-neighbor social connections, rather than owners to renters.
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1/30/2014
Absentee owners often the root of ‘the renter problem’
It’s a common perception among homeowners that neighborhoods go downhill once too many renters move in. Anecdotes abound of rental properties with peeling paint, dilapidated porches and other problems.
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1/29/2014
Is there truth to those renter stereotypes?
The national “ethos” that values homeownership over renting has a long history. On Dec. 2, 1931, for example, President Herbert Hoover said in an address to the White House Conference on Home Building and Homeownership, “[There is] the high ideal and aspiration that each family may pass their days in the home that they own…There can be no fear for a democracy or self-government or for liberty or freedom from homeowners, no matter how humble they may be.”
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1/28/2014
Survey shows chasm between renters, owners
Owning your own home is considered by many to be an essential element of “making it.” In fact, a recent national survey commissioned by NeighborWorks America found that 88 percent of adults say homeownership is at least somewhat important to their definition of achieving the “American dream.”
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1/22/2014
Alaska group provides one-stop shop for homeless
Homelessness has many causes and spawns many needs, making it difficult to coordinate the multiple visits and services required to stabilize these individuals and put them on the road to “recovery.” That challenge is what inspired the San Francisco Department of Public Health to host its first “Project Homeless Connect” event in 2004, and today, more than 260 other organizations have been trained to follow suit – including NeighborWorks Anchorage in Alaska.
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1/21/2014
MLK Day is over, but volunteering brings rewards all year
Martin Luther King Jr. famously once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’ ’’ That sentiment, which so aptly reflects the focus of his life, is at the heart of Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- the only federal holiday designed to encourage Americans to commit to a day of service. But volunteerism is a contribution – and a joy – that can and should be practiced throughout the year.
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1/7/2014
Lease-to-purchase program provides pathway to homeownership
Traditionally a first-mortgage lender, Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services could no longer offer that assistance as banks pulled back.
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