Fair Housing Month Series: Money Matters

April is Fair Housing Month, established to honor The Fair Housing Act as well as serve as an annual reminder of the need for equal housing opportunities for all. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 protects people from discrimination when they are applying for a mortgage or housing assistance, renting or buying a house, or participating in other housing-related activities. This Act prohibits discrimination based on disability, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or familial status. The Fair Housing Act was signed by President Johnson and was passed one week after the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can learn more about The Fair Housing Act at this link. Independence Now is honoring Fair Housing Month with weekly posts of information that can help people looking for housing or on housing waiting lists. There are lots of things that can and need to be taken care of in advance to be ready for a housing opportunity. Additionally, you are always welcome to join our monthly housing seminar. Check our event calendar for the next event.

Money Matters

Three stacks of coins, each larger than the next, next to a wooden block shaped like a house.

There are a number of actions you can take to prepare for housing in regard to finances. One suggestion is to create and follow a monthly budget, this is a good practice to start and then continue once you move into a new place. It allows you to take into consideration your income and expenses. You can then make decisions about what you can afford and if something is out of your budget limits. Your Money, Your Goals is a great easy to use tool to start a monthly budget. You can access it at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/educator-tools/your-money-your-goals/

It is also important to learn about expenses like internet access and renter’s insurance before you move into a new apartment or house. You may want to call cable or internet providers and ask what the monthly costs are so you can compare services and prices. When moving into a new place, there are new expenses like a deposit or first month’s rent.  Another financial option to consider is to put money into a savings account whenever possible to build up a little savings that can help with these move-in expenses.

There are free local resources where you can take financial classes and find financial coaches who can support you with your financial goals:

Fair Housing Month Series: Money Matters
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