Building a Local Foreclosure Response Coalition

Why You Should Build a Local Foreclosure Response Coalition

Coalitions sometimes get a bad rap and all too often, it’s deserved. The truth is, too many of them are unwieldy, unfocused efforts that consist of endless, unproductive meetings that accomplish little, frustrate their participants, waste precious resources and fail to make a difference.

But this is not always the case, and it does not have to be. At their best, coalitions are one of the most effective ways to deal with big, complicated problems affecting multiple stakeholder groups. We offer the following guidelines to help you build an effective coalition:

Prerequisites for All Participants

  1. Leave your ego at the door. Be willing to give up credit and certain amounts of control.
  2. Keep an open mind.
  3. Work at listening, understanding, and seeing things from the perspective of others.
  4. Be willing to experiment and fail.
  5. Be flexible, responsive and quick.
  6. Be willing to change course mid-stream if needed.
  7. Understand that there is always more than one solution to every problem.
  8. Be ready, willing, and eager to learn from others.
  9. Know your stuff, so you’re ready when opportunity knocks.
  10. Be genuinely passionate about the cause!

Download a Step-By Step Guide to Building a Local Foreclosure Response Coalition (pdf)

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