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How To Donate Real Estate
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How To Donate Real Estate

Did you know? That 45% of our nation’s wealth lies in real estate, and that most charitable organizations will not even consider real estate as a donation?  That is until now – Sound Investments Group Holdings, Inc accepts charitable gifts of all types of real estate (except timeshares).  Beyond leaving a legacy to your community,...

April 11, 2017April 21, 2017by
When to Donate Your Car
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When to Donate Your Car

Donating cars to charity has become a very popular way to make a charitable gift. It can seem like less of a financial burden than writing a check, and the charity will likely have a good use for the car. The real question is whether or not it makes financial sense for you. Is It...

April 11, 2017April 21, 2017by
5 Facts About Hunger You Should Know
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5 Facts About Hunger You Should Know

For a lot of us, the biggest stress around mealtime is deciding what to eat, never doubting that we will eat again. But for more than 42 million Americans, the next meal isn’t a sure thing. 1.  “Hunger” and “food insecurity” are not the same. You may have heard these two words used interchangeably, but they...

April 2, 2017April 21, 2017by
Affordable housing in safe neighborhoods: Four lessons for success
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Affordable housing in safe neighborhoods: Four lessons for success

Last year, HUD issued new rules advancing its mandate to “affirmatively further fair housing.” These rules require cities and counties that receive HUD dollars to expand affordable housing in neighborhoods that now exclude low-income families and families of color. Doug Massey’s terrific new book, Climbing Mount Laurel, offers four lessons about why that goal makes sense and how to...

March 27, 2017April 21, 2017by
Estate Planing Resources
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Estate Planing Resources

Writing a Will without an Attorney Many people ask about writing a Will without hiring an attorney. In fact, hiring a lawyer is not a requirement in order to have a valid Will, and several document preparation services have arisen in the last few years as an alternative. If you want a simple and inexpensive...

March 27, 2017April 21, 2017by
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7 GREAT WAYS TO LEAVE A LEGACY

The value of personal assets can rise and fall.  A bequest stated as a percentage will automatically adjust regardless of future circumstances.  For example “I leave 10% of my estate to the SIG.” 2.Know for sure by naming a fixed dollar amount For example, “I leave $50,000 to the SIG.”  Your estate doesn’t have to...

March 27, 2017March 27, 2017by
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Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, on the Introduction of “Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017” WASHINGTON, D.C.- The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Richard Neal (D-MA) for introducing the “Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017.” This legislation is designed...

March 27, 2017March 27, 2017by
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Criminalization of Homelessness Increases in U.S. Cities

A report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) found an increase in the criminalization of homelessness over the past 10 years in U.S. cities. NLCHP recommends more sensible, humane, and effective policies to address homelessness that range from repealing laws that criminalize homelessness to expanding access to affordable housing. Local governments...

March 27, 2017March 27, 2017by
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Families with Housing Choice Vouchers Are Underrepresented in Low-Distress Neighborhoods

A study published in Cityscape titled “Vouchers and Neighborhood Distress” by Alex Schwartz, Kirk McClure, and Lydia Taghavi find that Housing Choice Vouchers (vouchers) utilized by female-headed families are underrepresented in neighborhoods with low levels of distress and overrepresented in neighborhoods with high levels. The authors suggest that governments have to help voucher holders overcome racial barriers...

March 27, 2017March 27, 2017by