April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.
March, 2011. When Kouya signed up his home for energy efficiency improvements, he also was activated with community spirit.
Health Care Action Team Focusing on Exchange. Register for Health Care Action Day and Show Your Support!
April, 2011. MACG’s Health Care Action Team has been working hard on its goals for 2011, with most effort focused around advocating to establish a strong, pro-consumer Health Care Insurance Exchange that can negotiate for the interests of consumers and small businesses. Establishing a strong exchange is also the number one priority for Health Care Action Day, Monday April 18.
March, 2011. Nick O'Connor tells about how his involvement with MACG's Sustainable Jobs Action Team helped improve life for his family.
Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners
February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.
Alexxis Lee was a beneficiary of the Changing the Climate in Cully project. Despite having trouble with high school, she graduated from a pre-apprenticeship program, completed the Laborers Weatherization Training program, and now works for one of MACG’s partner contractors Sustainable Solutions Unlimited.
December, 2010. MACG's Changing the Climate in Cully campaign celebrated its successes with a Community Event in December.
November, 2010. The Sustainable Jobs Action Team is on the verge of successfully completing a community campaign to sign up 100 homes for energy efficiency improvements in the Cully neighborhood, entitled Changing the Climate in Cully. As of this writing, 193 homeowners in the Cully community have taken the first step of applying for the program - 85% of the Team's goal of 225!
November, 2010. On November 10th, over 200 people from Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) and affiliated organizations in Clackamas and Multnomah county gathered at the International Union of Operating Engineers 701 Union hall in Gladstone. People came to hear about the progress of the MACG three house pilot project to provide economical and supportive post-emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence.
October 2010. -- Working with State Treasurer James McIntire, Sound Alliance leaders have helped to secure a commitment from Bank of America to create two homeownership service centers, the first of the kind in Washington state. The centers will bring two full-time loan servicing representatives to the state to meet face-to-face with Bank of America homeowners who are trying to save their homes.
November, 2010. By Bob Brown, Havurah Shalom. Health care reform continues to be an important topic within our institutions. We did a lot of education and work around Oregon reform. Subsequently, Congress passed Federal reform that reinforces our State plans for universal coverage by 2015. But we need to be vigilant.
Thank you to all who helped make the Changing the Climate in Cully Ice Cream Social Kick-Off Event last Thursday a resounding success! We had over 250 people attend the event. Click here to read a Press Release written for the occasion.
June, 2010. MACG is pleased to announce that we have been selected to organize the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland for the Clean Energy Works Portland home energy efficiency program! MACG and Cully Neighborhood Leaders have named the project “Changing the Climate in Cully” to recognize that making energy efficiency improvements to a large number of homes (100) within one neighborhood:
October, 2009. A history of the Spokane Alliance's green jobs efforts and the launching of SustainableWorks, a green jobs non-profit.