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Updated 11/2/20

Post 9/11 GI Bill FAQ

Are you a Veteran considering obtaining a degree or vocational training? In this article, you will learn how the Post-9/11 GI Bill can help with costs of tuition, housing, textbooks, school supplies, and occasionally relocation services if the recipient is from a rural area. Find out how the Post-9/11 GI Bill, managed by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), can help you today: https://www.benefits.gov/news/article/428

How to Deal When It Feels Like You’re the Only One Still Wearing a Mask

There are plenty of reasons you might wish to keep masking up when you go out — and even if you’re comfortable without a mask, try to have empathy for the fact that other people’s lives are different from your own. We all live with varying circumstances, health issues and levels of risk tolerance… “You’re entitled to make choices about your own body,” says psychologist Dawn Potter, PsyD. But because it can feel uncomfortable to be the only masked face in the room, she offers tips for easing your anxiety, responding to nosy inquiries and seeking help if you need it.

How to Deal When It Feels Like You’re the Only One Still Wearing a Mask

Mortgage relief deadlines ending soon

==> July 2021 UPDATE: In the coming weeks and months, many protections that were set up to protect consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic will expire. Start working with your mortgage servicer now to prevent foreclosure – the longer you wait, or the further you fall behind on your payments, the harder it will be to find a solution. For help and info, see
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/as-foreclosure-protections-end-time-to-work-with-your-mortgage-servicer/

==> December 2020: Many homeowners now have more time to seek forbearance and avoid foreclosure as deadlines have been extended. These protections are available to homeowners with mortgages backed by federal government agencies or the government sponsored agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/mortgage-relief-deadlines-extended/

Protections for renters during COVID-19

“If you’re having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you are not alone. Across the country, many tenants are facing job losses, furloughs, or reduced hours, and having to make tough financial decisions in order to make ends meet. Fortunately, there are steps all renters can take, as well as many significant protections from eviction that apply in certain situations…”
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-covid-19-renter-protections/

UPDATE 6/25/21: The CDC eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on June 30, 2021, has been extended until July 31, 2021. Here’s what you need to know now: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/cdc-eviction-moratorium-extended-one-month/

UPDATE 3/29/21: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, 2021. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/03/behind-your-rent-and-worried-about-eviction
==> Watch Three steps for struggling renters to delay eviction (video from consumerfinance.gov).

UPDATE 7/15/2020: NJ Supreme Court Issues Landlord/Tenant Protections During Pandemic: https://www.njcourts.gov/pressrel/2020/pr071520b.pdf

Steer clear of pandemic-related scams

The coronavirus pandemic gave con artists many new opportunities to cheat consumers. This publication highlights some of the most common types of scams related to the pandemic, helps you spot and avoid a scam, and tells you where to report scam attempts:
https://www.consumer-action.org/downloads/english/Scams_COVID_2021_EN_v1.1.pdf