Host foreclosure meetings

Title:|  Host foreclosure meetings

 Shepherd/Floor Manager/Lead Sponsor:   Merelice, Norfolk County

 Co-sponsor(s):  Joanna Herlihy (Middlesex), Scott Laugenour (Senatorial District)

 Vetting Committees: Administrative Committee, Membership Committee


As one of the founding organizations of the Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL), the GRP has a history of seeking ways and supporting legislation to help people save their homes.  Contrary to popular opinion, it is expected that foreclosures will spike again in 2014. Further, the protections that are now law are not necessarily known by the people who need protecting. In addition, it has been proved that the majority of past foreclosures have been done illegally, opening the door to challenging them and restoring people's homes, 

 Several cities in Massachusetts are organized to work with people whose homes are threatened, cities like Boston, Springfield, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester, and Brockton. The GRP has the opportunity to help MAAPL educate or start to organize residents in a few more cities. Possibilities include Pittsfield, the Fitchburg/Leominster area, Fall River, and the Weymouth/South Shore area.

 Summary/Proposal Text:

The GRP, through its chapters (either local or campus) and candidate networks, will work to host three or four organizational or educational meetings in cities across the state for people facing foreclosure or already foreclosed, ideally during the four months of April through July 2014.

 Financial impact:

Cost of refreshments at the meeting. If the GRP chapter is unable to find a free venue, MAAPL will find a location.


Following the January StateCom meeting, Adcom will ask relevant chapters/members and past candidates to consider their ability to help organize a meeting and how to proceed in their areas. When a host has been identified, they will be put in touch with a MAAPL contact.

 GRP's role is to identify a location for the meeting, possibly distribute flyers and use local press to promote the meeting, and host the meeting by providing some refreshments. MAAPL would be responsible for doing the research to identify relevant attendees, determining the agenda and conducting the program, and printing and providing the materials that the attendees need to protect their homes. 

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  • M K Merelice
    commented 2014-01-10 13:39:14 -0500
    On a practical note, the meetings being proposed would not be possible without the participation of MAAPL’s knowledge and resources. It would be a big mistake to sever relationships with MAAPL. In the view of most of the organizations and individuals that participate in MAAPL’s work, the GRP’s involvement brings honor to the party. These proposed meetings would be an opportunity to bring more visibility to the GRP.

    This is about saving and restoring people’s homes, not about certain reasons people might feel uncomfortable about working with MAAPL. I have had to keep that goal firmly in mind.
  • John Andrews
    commented 2014-01-09 15:28:31 -0500
    If this initiative goes forward, it should be a GRP initiative and not associated with MAAPL. There are several reasons why it is time for the GRP to sever our relationship with MAAPL (some of which need to be discussed in private and not on the website).
  • Frank Jackson
    commented 2013-12-31 17:13:05 -0500
    Simply put. I support this proposal
  • M K Merelice
    published this page in 2014 winter statecom proposals 2013-12-13 21:40:51 -0500