A lot can happen over the course of a year. Last summer, HOC was preparing to open its wait list for the first time in eight years. To accomplish this, HOC turned to an online wait list known as HOC Housing Path. The online application is easy to use, available in multiple languages and enables people to access and update their information anytime. The wait list re-imagines how people find housing.
School is out for the summer. That’s good news for students but bad news for their ability to retain the knowledge and skills learned throughout the school year. What results is known as “summer slide”. Summer slide occurs when students leave school for summer break and gradually forget what was taught during the school year. In the midst of all the fun activities that summer has to offer, many students also put their studies on hold. This temporary gap in learning is the number one reason for the slow academic start at the beginning of each school year.
Recently, there has been a great deal of research on the ways poverty impacts the minds and mental development of children. The emerging science shows that for some children, stresses associated with living in poverty and in an environment of uncertainty can cause physical changes to still developing brains. But, because of the brain’s ability to adapt, environmental factors that adversely impact the brain can be combated. Effective programming can help counteract the impact of these stresses and create a supportive environment that allows youth, regardless of socio-economic level, to thrive.
2015 is quickly drawing to a close. The past year has been tremendous for HOC. For the first time in eight years, the agency reopened the wait list, unveiling Housing Path, a new innovative web portal. Housing Path simplifies the process for applicants and uses groundbreaking technology to match people to available affordable housing programs. HOC Academy also started several new initiatives for customers of all ages. I could provide more detail; however, seeing is believing.
This year, the holiday shopping season will begin before you carve the turkey. Many retailers plan to start Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving. Once billed as the biggest shopping day of the year with the biggest deals, the Friday following Thanksgiving has now become a larger marketing opportunity replete with doorbuster sales during the entire week of Thanksgiving. But before you get swept up in the holiday madness, there is one thing you must do: make a list. I don’t mean the list that you check twice to find out who’s naughty or nice. That’s Santa’s job. Your job is to make a budget and stick to it. It is the best holiday gift you can give yourself and your family.