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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - July 2020 The July 2020 issue of Consumer Action INSIDER features articles on how to "inoculate" yourself against COVID-19 disinformation and scams through our free monthly e-newsletter, SCAM GRAM; determining if you're being sold a fraudulent product or sold on a bogus payment method on websites like Craiglist; protecting your social media privacy by reading our two new fact sheets on how to change your privacy settings (one dedicated to Facebook); coverage of our coalition efforts; the latest CFPB happenings; and new settlements posted in our Class Action Database. (Tuesday, June 30, 2020)

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Five Recent Publications

Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic (Spanish)

Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic (Spanish) Cómo hacerle frente al COVID-19.

La ley federal de justicia en la vivienda, Fair Housing Act, proteje contra discriminación al consumidor que solicita alquilar una vivienda, al inquilino, al propietario de vivienda, y al comprador de una vivienda. Esta publicación explica cómo estas protecciones podrían también protejerlo contra la discriminación relacionada con la pandemia del coronavirus. También explica los pasos que puede tomar si sufre alguna discriminación.

The federal Fair Housing Act protects rental housing applicants, tenants, homeowners and prospective homebuyers from various forms of discrimination. This publication explains how these same rights may protect you from discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps to take if you do experience discrimination.

Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic

Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic Coping with COVID-19.

The federal Fair Housing Act protects rental housing applicants, tenants, homeowners and prospective homebuyers from various forms of discrimination. This publication explains how these same rights may protect you from discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps to take if you do experience discrimination.

Financial health and FinTech COVID relief

Financial health and FinTech COVID relief. The financial health and FinTech community has mobilized to offer online resources, coaching, financial support and other relief to consumers.

‘Smart’ Homes

‘Smart’ Homes Data privacy and security for your connected home.

This guide will explain how smart homes work, what to be aware of when introducing smart devices into your home, what steps you can take to protect your data and your privacy, and where to learn more.

FEMA spells federal disaster relief for homeowners and renters (Chinese)

FEMA spells federal disaster relief for homeowners and renters (Chinese).

聯邦緊急災難處理局(FEMA)在災難發生後提供各類救援計劃,協助受災者整修、重建,或更換他們的住屋及財產。這本刊物詳盡說明聯邦緊急災難處理局(FEMA)各項對於房屋業主及租客所提供的援助,也列舉了各項援助之合格指標及申請程序。刊物同時也特別指明FEMA的救援範圍始終有限,個人還是應該購買適當保險來加強保障。

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a variety of programs to help victims of disasters repair, rebuild or replace their homes and possessions. This publication describes the types of FEMA assistance available to homeowners and renters and provides details about program eligibility and the application process. It also highlights the limitations of FEMA assistance and stresses the importance of purchasing adequate personal insurance coverage.

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Recommended Publications

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In-language tools for homebuyers and borrowers. Language barriers have landed some limited English speaking consumers with mortgages they didn’t understand and couldn't afford. Now there are some new and improved tools designed to help LEP borrowers buy and keep a home.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Obtaining mortgage relief for victims of disasters. The National Consumer Law Center's (NCLC) updated and comprehensive guide explains what relief is available to victims of natural disasters, including insurance. NCLC also covers what rules apply to help homeowners save their homes from foreclosure.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Resources for those facing foreclosure after a natural disaster. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has compiled a list of resources for those who are facing foreclosure after a hurricane, wildfire or other natural disaster. It lays out steps to take to if you can't pay your mortgage with links to those who can help. Information is available in Spanish and English.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#FHAct50 honors the Fair Housing Act. The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has launched a campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. #FHAct50 is designed to educate the American public about the importance of the Fair Housing Act and advocate for strengthened fair housing policies nationwide.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wall Street landlords turn American dream into a nightmare. A new report exposes the harmful impacts Wall Street landlords are having on the growing single family rental market. Wall Street landlords are fundamentally changing homeownership in the U.S. with massive purchases of single-family homes, squeezing out tenants and prospective homeowners, particularly in communities of color, according to a report by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and Public Advocates.

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