Diverse family at the holiday table

Financial Success amidst the Holiday Season

Regardless of what holiday your family celebrates, there are an abundance of gifts being exchanged during the month of December and the expense of all that gift giving can sneak up on you. If you’ve been working hard to stay on budget and gain financial stability this year, don’t let this season derail your progress. There are three things to keep in mind from now until New Year’s to stay on course to improving your financial health.
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GetLifted Program

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We are excited to share that we have been selected to be a part of Capital One's GetLifted program! When we first heard about this program, we thought this was a fantastic way to bring financial education to the communities we serve.  In this article, we will explain all about the program, the volunteer positions we are looking to fill and how you can become a part of this exciting project!
CCCSMD Executive Team at September Board Meeting

CCCSMD Quarterly Highlights

The third quarter of 2022 brought lots of excitement and productivity to the CCCSMD team! Here are just a few highlights from the past few months.

Saving Money with Electric Vehicles

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In addition to the fuel savings, EVs don’t require much of the typical maintenance needed for an ICE vehicle as they have significantly fewer moving parts. Electric vehicles also utilize regenerative braking to slow the car by putting energy back into the battery, which greatly reduces the wear and tear on brake pads and rotors.
Joyce Odongo CCCSMD Board Member

Board Member Spotlight – Joyce Odongo

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We are pleased to introduce you to one of our outstanding board members, Joyce Odongo! Joyce is the Florida Community Development Officer for Bank OZK, a large regional bank concentrated in the southern U.S., with more than 200 branches in five…

Mortgage Types

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If you’re searching for a house, there’s a good chance you might also be searching for a mortgage. With so many choices, it’s hard to know which mortgage type is right for you. A variety of factors will impact which mortgage type to choose,…

Keys Unlock Dreams Initiative

Interview with Laurie Benner, Associate Vice President of Programs We interviewed CCCSMD Board Member Laurie Benner, of National Fair Housing Alliance, on her involvement in a new initiative, Keys Unlock Dreams. What is the Keys Unlock…

Bankruptcy 101

When facing a financial crisis, you can easily get overwhelmed sorting through all your available options. Besides paying down balances on your own, there are other solutions to take control of your debt. Some of these include debt consolidation…

Fair Housing

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CCCSMD, a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency, supports and promotes Fair Housing and Housing Discrimination education. As the new year approaches, many people may be ready to make homeownership their New Year’s Resolution and others may…

Holiday Shopping with Anything but Cash can quickly turn into DEBT

As you start to create your holiday gift lists, you will likely encounter retailers – including online retailers - that are offering layaway services as well as “buy now, pay later” plans (through online providers such as Quadpay, Sezzle,…

Costs of Homeownership

House hunting is a very exciting process and as you start to zero in on that perfect home, you need to dig deeper into your budget.  How much of a down payment will you need? How much will your monthly mortgage payment be? What interest rates…