10/27/16 -- Catholic Sentinel -- Ofelia Chavez, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, gets suspiciously high water bills from her landlord. She never sees what the water bureau sends..... Chavez was addressing the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, a coalition of faith groups, unions and social service agencies. MACG, as it’s called, is holding the Portland Housing Bureau’s feet to the fire over promises to increase the number of lower-cost units as the city’s market continues to boom.
8/29/16 -- The Register-Guard -- What is needed is a long-term and widespread community response that would focus on developing human capital. The Salem Leadership Foundation, Portland’s Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, Atlanta’s Focused Community Strategies, and networks initiated by the faith communities in many other cities have led and organized collaborations for developing human capital. The results are nothing short of amazing.
6/2/16 -- El Centinela -- El foro informativo se realizó con el fin de educar a la comunidad en caso de una redada y para llevar información específica sobre el DACA y el DAPA, pues muchos hispanos pueden aplicar y no saben que pueden hacerlo.
10/28/15 -- Portland Tribune -- Three weeks after declaring an “affordable housing crisis” in Portland, the City Council unanimously approved two new policies Wednesday that will dedicate tens of millions of dollars to build new units in coming years...Led by the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, housing activists earlier this year mounted the so-called “TIF to 50” campaign, trying to boost the housing set aside to 50 percent.
10/23/15 -- Oregon Public Broadcasting -- The Portland City Council has enough votes to pass a proposal that would increase funding for affordable housing in the city’s urban renewal areas. ... The new proposal falls short of the 50 percent earmark the Portland Housing Advisory Council and the faith coalition Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good have pushed the City Council to adopt.
10/23/15 -- Portland Tribune -- The city of Portland will boost future urban renewal funds for affordable housing by 50 percent, under a compromise announced Friday by Mayor Charlie Hales...Housing advocates, led by the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, have been lobbying the city to increase the share of tax-increment financing dollars — the main source of urban renewal funds — that are “set aside” for affordable housing.
10/21/15 -- InvestigateWest -- These are...key players in an active discussion about policy and financial solutions to housing equity...MACG recently called on the Portland City Council to boost the percentage of tax increment financing set aside for affordable housing from 30 to 50 percent in Portland's urban renewal areas. The ask was an outgrowth of recent listening sessions in which MACG found lack of affordable housing to be a dominant concern among constituents of its member institutions.
10/13/15 -- Catholic Sentinel -- Hundreds of protesters from local churches, synagogues, labor unions and community service groups convened in front of City Hall Oct. 13 to press Portland officials to spend on affordable housing, not just trendy shopping districts...The rally, organized by the Metropolitian Alliance for Common Good, backs a plan working its way through city government that would boost affordable housing funds to 50 percent of the urban renewal budget instead of the current 30 percent.
9/12/15 -- Catholic Sentinel -- On Sept. 1, the conference room of the Portland Building was filled by citizens who ordinarily aren’t aware of the workings of agencies like the Portland Housing Bureau and the Portland Development Commission. But the sizable venue was needed to accommodate large crowds marshaled by the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, a group of 24 civic organizations that includes Catholic parishes.
9/9/15 -- The Portland Mercury -- AFFORDABLE HOUSING advocates have a nontraditional ally in the Portland-based civic group Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG)—a collection of congregations, unions, and community organizations. It's a good thing they do. As city development officials push back against recommendations they spend more on affordable housing, MACG's recent work is showing that the spending isn't just necessary—it's doable.
9/8/15 -- The Portland Tribune -- Housing advocates’ proposal to dedicate half the city’s urban renewal funds to affordable housing — enough to house 830 more low-income families — is getting serious attention from city officials. Tuesday’s Portland Housing Advisory Commission meeting attracted an unusual standing-room-only crowd, mobilized by the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, which includes leaders in the faith community and other groups.
9/6/15 -- SE Uplift -- You’ve likely already heard the staggering statistics: Over 50% of Portlanders can’t afford their rent...Through their #TakeTIFto50 campaign and with the support of other advocacy organizations like Housing Land Advocates, the League of Women Voters of Portland, Coalition of Communities of Color, the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, and the Welcome Home Coalition, which is endorsed by over 100 community organizations, received the support of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, which unanimously approved recommending that City Council increase the affordable housing set-aside to 50%
8/6/15 -- The Oregonian -- Portland officials could spend tens of millions more developing affordable housing in coming years if the City Council heeds a new recommendation from a city advisory commission...The recommendation followed written testimony from the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good and a former city official, who pushed for a new 50-percent standard.
4/30/15 -- Catholic Sentinel -- This is the third story in a series on Catholic social teaching...The Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good seeks to protect rights for those on the margins in the Portland area. The church-led group knows that responsibilities need to be paired with rights, says Mary Nemmers, lead organizer and a member of St. Andrew Parish in Portland.
10/23/14 -- Univision -- MACG's Diana Ruiz and Maria Elena were featured on national television news! Watch the clip (in Spanish) here.
10/18/14 -- El Centinela -- El Arzobispo Alexander Sample habló en la Asamblea "Safe Roads-Yes on 88", para lograr carreteras seguras esta noche en la Iglesia San Andrés en el noreste de Portland, en un evento para apoyar la Medida 88, que permitiría a los inmigrantes sin documentos conducir gracias a la Tarjeta de Conducir, que se puede lograr con ciertos requisitos.
10/2/2014 -- Catholic Sentinel -- Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke at a Safe Roads Assembly tonight at St. Andrew Church in support of Measure 88, which would allow immigrants without documents to drive after meeting all other requirements. “I’m with you,” he said to the packed crowd. “Let’s get Measure 88 passed in Oregon.”
10/2/2014 -- KOIN 6 -- One of the measures voters will be deciding on this November would allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s card in Oregon. Those opposed to Measure 88 argue it encourages people to enter the US illegally, while proponents at a rally Thursday night say it will make Oregon’s roads safer.
2/1/2013 -- Wheat Ridge Ministries -- After leaving an abusive relationship, Mary became homeless. She ended up crashing at different places almost every night for a month until a Narcotics Anonymous counselor told her about the Domestic Violence Survivor’s House Project.
6/22/12 -- NW Labor Press -- Portland-area homeowners now have a union option when they’re ready to save money and the planet with a “home-energy retrofit.” On June 1, two general contractors, Abacus Energy Solutions and Faison Energy Solutions, signed a two-year contract with Laborers Local 296, agreeing to pay the new union scale for weatherization: $16.48 an hour, with 3 percent annual raises, health insurance, and four paid holidays and a week of paid time off per year for full-time employees.