Monthly Archives: November 2012

Smartphones take Credit Scores, Insurance and ID Theft Protection Green

ID Theft Protection PaperlessToday’s smartphone users have a variety of mobile apps to choose from that will check your credit score, file a claim with your insurance company, and even connect you to websites that discuss

ID theft protection. All of this can now be done from the palm of your hand without having to waste paper, make trash or be delivered by mail.

An article from the Equifax Finance Blog called, “

Access Insurance Resources from Your Smartphone,” offers excellent tips to consumers for using some of the available mobile apps.

For example, homeowners can quickly and easily use their insurance app to file a claim for stolen or damaged goods. This could help during sudden disasters at your home, such as the unfortunate events of Hurricane Sandy this past October, because in that situation multiple claims were being filed and time was of the essence.

Mobile auto insurance apps are also a useful choice for smartphone users, although some features of the ‘free’ apps may require you to pay for help, depending on your policy. Auto insurance apps vary per business, but generally offer a means to file minor accidents using a simple checklist, take photos of automobile damage and record the details of your wreck. Some apps, like the one from Allstate, even use GPS to offer their clients 24-hour roadside assistance.

For more information about useful mobile apps, ID protection or to answer question such as, “what is a credit score?” please visit the Equifax Finance Blog today!

Vibrant Johns Creek New Homes Selling Fast

Stonegrove Overlook Ashton Woods Homes, your Johns Creek new homes builder, is building beautiful new homes for home buyers in their community of Stonegrove Overlook. Priced from the $320,000s, these vibrant homes offer buyers the style and comfort that turn a house into a home.

Located in the highly-sought Johns Creek area, this wonderful community features four amazing floor plans: the Whitmore, Melrose, Monroe and Glenwood. Each of these plans boast a minimum of four bedrooms with two-and-a-half baths, but options for extra baths and bedrooms are easy to customize with these practical floor plans. Continue reading

Apply Now for the EPA’s Environmental Justice Grants

EPA grantsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is excited to announce that they are seeking applicants for their 2013 environmental justice small grants. These grants, which will total $1.5 million, aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans. The grants enable non-profits to conduct research, educate and develop solutions to local environmental and health issues in areas affected by harmful pollution. One to five grants per EPA region will be made in amounts of up to $30,000.

“Environmental justice grants support efforts to raise awareness about local health and environmental concerns,” said Lisa Garcia, EPA’s senior advisor to the administrator for environmental justice. “By supporting local projects in under-served communities, communities are able to develop plans and partnerships that will continue to improve their local environment and better protect human health into the future.”

The deadline for entry is January 7, 2013. All applicants must be incorporated tribal or non-profit organizations working to empower, educate and enable their communities to understand and address local public and environmental health issues. The EPA will host three pre-application teleconference calls to help applicants understand the requirements on November 14, December 1 and December 13.

The principles of environmental justice uphold the idea that all communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low income and indigenous communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work. Since 1994, the environmental justice small grants program has provided funding in more than 1,300 communities, to community-based non-profit organizations and local governments working to address environmental justice issues. The grants represent EPA’s commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.