Consumer Information - General

CareerOneStop

The US Department of Labor sponsors this site. It allows you to research information on salary/wages and job growth for all types of occupations and all 50 states.

website: www.acinet.org

 

Choice Trust

This Consumer Reporting Agency provides reports including tenant reports, employment reports and C.L.U.E. reports on insurance claims you have made. Landlords, potential employers and insurance companies can use these reports. The same site also allows you to order reports to check on medical providers, nursing homes, and run a background check on a variety of service providers such as child care workers or contractors.

website: www.choicetrust.com

 

Consumer Action

Consumer Action is a national non-profit education and advocacy organization engaged in financial literacy and consumer protection. Its site provides consumer alerts, resources and other valuable information.

website: www.consumer-action.org

 

Consumer Action Website

Consumer handbook and resources from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

website: www.consumeraction.gov

 

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency

This government website gives links to find the cheapest fuel in your area and lets you compare vehicles by fuel efficiency! The site also offers great information on fuel savings, alternatively-fueled vehicles, and more!

website: www.fueleconomy.gov

 

Directory of Regulatory Boards

Know about the qualifications of those you are dealing with! This web site lets you access, by state, the governmental bodies and private associations that regulate and certify people in various professions including accounting, nursing, medicine, insurance, social work, marriage counseling, funeral services, real estate and insurance, to name just a few. Click on resources, then click on Directory of Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

website: www.clearhq.org

 

Federal Citizen Information Center

Federal Citizen Information Center offers information and publications on a variety of consumer topics.

website: www.pueblo.gsa.gov

 

Federal Trade Commission

The most complete government source for consumer protection information including your legal rights and how to dispute your credit report.

website: www.consumer.ftc.gov

 

Healthfinder.gov

Government site offering information and trusted resources on a wide range of physical and mental health topics including how to find medical care, fraud, insurance, support groups, patient privacy rights and much more.

website: www.healthfinder.gov

 

Inner City Press

Inner City Press does investigations and reporting about human rights, transparency, corporate accountability, community reinvestment, predatory lending, environmental justice, fair housing, social exclusion and related topics.

website: www.innercitypress.org

 

LIHEAP Clearinghouse

A website that lists each state's low-income energy programs including state, utility-funded, and charitable. Click on State Programs and then click on your State to find listings.

website: liheap.ncat.org

 

MakingHomeAffordable.gov

Federal web site for the President's mortgage modification program. This site provides information and lets users determine whether or not they are eligible for current programs.

website: www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/

 

National Association of Social Workers

This website has helpful articles in categories such as family, health and senior issues. Topics include marital problems, divorce, adoption, addictions, mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, grief, death/dying, living with illness, pain, Alzheimer’s/dementia, caregiving and much more. The site also provides a Social Worker finder application.

website: www.HelpStartsHere.org

 

National Consumer Law Center

National Consumer Law Center offers information and publications.

website: www.nclc.org

 

National Energy Assistance Referral

(Low Income Energy Assistance Program)

Heating and cooling assistance for low-income households. Those seeking help can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) or email NEAR at energyassistance@ncat.org. Please include your city, county and state in your email message.

phone: 1-866-674-6327

 

The Consumer Union

Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a reliable source of information consumers can depend on to help distinguish hype from fact and good products from bad ones. The CU is the publisher of Consumer Reports and its site offers a wealth of information on a variety of topics of interest to all consumers.

website: www.consumerunion.org

 

USA.gov

The Federal Government’s official citizen web site offers information and resources on a wide variety of topics and is available in Spanish.

website: www.usa.gov