The Power of Collaboration to Achieve Real Change:
As Piece by Piece enters month five, we continue to realize the power of a diverse, multi-organization network (now at 140 partners!) united behind a shared mission to combat the Region's foreclosure crisis. When we break out of our individual silos and collaborate under a common agenda to solve a specific problem, our collective impact grows exponentially. "Complex problems can be solved only by cross-sector coalitions," states a recent article in the Stanford Social Review (Winter 2011). Piece by Piece is part of a small but growing number of "collective impact" initiatives that are tackling serious societal problems ranging from education and childhood obesity to river pollution. Please take a minute to read the article on "Collective Impact" by John Kania and Mark Kramer in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011). We think you will be inspired by the possibilities of collective impact as it applies to Piece by Piece. Thanks to Odetta MacLeish-White at Enterprise Community Partners for finding and sharing this article.
Piece by Piece Policy Sector Convening: The Piece by Piece policy sector met on March 23 at ARC. More than 30 people heard presentations and participated in discussion around local government innovations in addressing foreclosure; the Georgia Land Bank Roundtable; best practices in code enforcement; and legislative activity at the Georgia General Assembly impacting foreclosure and broader housing/community issues. To access the presentations and read a summary of the meeting, please visit the website at www.atlantaregionalhousing.org/pbp.
"How Do I Save My Home?" - The Piece by Piece Douglas program is presenting free workshops to Douglas County homeowners to help them understand what to do if they fall behind in their mortgage payments or are worried that they might fall behind on the payments. The first session of "How Do I Save My Home?" was held Saturday, April 9. The next session will be Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the GreyStone Power Auditorium, 4040 Bankhead Highway, Douglasville, Georgia 30134 and will be a one-hour seminar taught by educators from CredAbility, a non-profit credit counseling and educational agency. Additional details here.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Launches Foreclosure Prevention Program: On April 1, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs began assisting Georgia homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed with mortgage payments to lower the number of foreclosures in the state. Some of the eligibility requirements include being current on mortgage payments prior to job or work loss, being a Georgia resident, being the owner and living in the property, having total mortgage debt less than or equal to $417,000, and having payments (including escrow) greater than 31 percent of monthly household income. Applications for mortgage payment assistance will be taken online at www.HomeSafeGeorgia.com. For full program details visit the HomeSafeGeorgia website.
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