Sharing the Learning: Fighting Foreclosure – What You Can Do in Your Neighborhood

A Special Publication from Grassroots Grantmakers and Neighborhood Connections

Some cities like Cleveland have dealt with the foreclosure problem long before it became a national epidemic. Residents, public officials, key organizations and institutions found new ways to work together to counteract the negative impact. Individuals at the grassroots level have played an essential role, lacing communities back together one step at a time.

This edition of Sharing the Learning shares examples of what residents in Cleveland are doing to counteract the negative impact of foreclosures on their block and in their neighborhood with the hope that their story and the practical wisdom that comes from their work will be helpful to other foreclosure-stricken communities. Designed for two audiences—place-based funders and residents in the neighborhoods where they are working—this report includes practical ideas for neighborhood groups, a clear description of the foreclosure process and its neighborhood-level impact, and examples of the types of local and national resources that neighborhood residents can tap for assistance in their work on foreclosures.

Our thanks go to Tom O’Brien, Barbara Anderson, Fay Harris and Tony Brancatelli and other members of the Neighborhood Connections team in Cleveland for the hard work that they put into making this publication possible and for their generosity in sharing their learnings!

In-print reports are available for funders who want to encourage block-level work on the foreclosure issue in their community. Contact Janis Foster to inquire about receiving in-print copies for this purpose.


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