A weekly newsletter highlighting the NeighborWorks network
Getting body, wallet and home in shape for the new year
"Where did my gym membership card go? Darn it, my workout shirts weren't this tight a few months ago. I really need to be better about clutter in this house; it's a mess." Sound familiar? The blank slate of a new year means it's time to dust off some old resolutions and add a few new ones to the mix—and hope we stick to them longer than we did last year (fingers crossed).

To help jumpstart the resolution-making (and keeping) process, here are a few ideas from NeighborWorks America network members, along with data from a recent Fidelity Investments survey, to provide some additional motivation to get your body, home and finances in shape for 2018.
Helping families rein in the high cost of energy bills
The public utility district in Aberdeen, Washington, wanted to help improve the quality of life of its customers, so it partnered with NeighborWorks Grays Harbor County to help those hardest hit by heating costs.
Getting into the saving habit
We learn from an early age that it's important to save for a "rainy day." But when your paychecks are just a little less than your routine bills, the savings habit is one that most people haven't been able to form.

Learn how a NeighborWorks partnership with EARN is helping residents build sustainable routines for saving.
Walking to improve the health of the individual and community
When a group of African-American women in Dorchester, Massachusetts, started a regular walking program, the goal was to improve more than their health.

In addition to the physical benefits, the walks promote mental and emotional healing, as well as draw attention to issues the women want to highlight in their community.
Three positive signs for affordable housing in 2018
The nonprofit, affordable rental housing market is confronting critical headwinds going into 2018, but there are several encouraging signs on other financial fronts that provide fodder for cautious optimism.

Frances Ferguson, acting vice president for real estate programs at NeighborWorks America, provides insight into the year ahead.
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