Black, Latino Church Leaders and Asian American Home Counseling Group Sue Governor Brown

Groups Demand that $369 Million Improperly Taken from Attorney General Bank Settlement be Returned to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

At 9:30 a.m. on March 14th, major Black, Latino and Asian American organizations filed a Petition in Sacramento Superior Court demanding that Governor Brown return up to $350 million out of California’s share of the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement that was secured by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, so that it can be used as intended – to aid the state’s millions of homeowners in distress via direct relief and through grants to the organizations that support them.

The full text of the petition for writ of mandamus can be viewed here.

Letters of support have been sent to the Governor by HomeFree-USA, the largest minority-led, HUD-approved home counseling intermediary in the nation, with affiliates in California, including the NAAC; and Operation HOPE, a national organization headed by John Bryant that also offers HUD-approved home counseling, and whose Chairman is leading civil rights figure and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. Both organizations state that they are available to meet with the Governor and the Petitioners to resolve the lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been covered by Gretchen Morgenson at the New York Times.

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The NAAC To Replicate Best Practices Of Bill Gates Foundation And UN In Helping The Philippines

The NAAC after studying the failed $9 billion effort at relief in Haiti and the many failed relief efforts in the Philippines has determined to follow a model based in part on successful Bill Gates Foundation and certain UN efforts.
Our fundraising will be limited to one pilot project where we have experts on the ground. And instead of temporary relief it will be part of a measurable long term self-help project run exclusively by the local community. We have determined to raise money solely for one town hard hit by the typhoon in Antique by the name of Pandan, not far in distance but very far in lifestyle from Boracay. The NAAC’s senior staff has visited Pandan and its main local schools and library in January of 2013.  NAAC has three experts on the ground now in Pandan that have reviewed the havoc wrecked on the library and the two public elementary schools (Student population of 2,150) All funds will be raised directly for the schools one of which must be entirely rebuilt and for the library that is part of the school. To the best of our knowledge there are no functioning school libraries  like this anywhere on the island.

We estimate the cost to be $250,000 to serve a town of 32,000 and a continuing student body of 2,150 In addition the library will be open not just for the school, but for any resident for the entire Province of Antique (with an estimated population of 546,000)We intend to completely rebuild the schools so that they will be impregnable to typhoons and most other natural disasters. We also intend to rebuild it as a modern school with appropriate sewage system, safe water, upgraded lighting and 21st century technology. They will also be built to be a safe center in the case of future emergencies. The library will be run by a retired financial expert librarian who is presently living in Pandan and will be stocked through contacts with various non-profits and libraries who will help us develop a library plan that will assist the low income children of this school in moving on to colleges and good jobs subsequently. This will include financial and consumer education as part of the library school complex.

Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

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Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record in Philippines has devastated the central island provinces. Antique, among the provinces in the direct path of the typhoon will be the beneficiary of a fundraising campaign by the NAAC and Pandan Bay Foundation.

Over 12,000 families lost their homes in Antique. These families need food and building materials. The province of Antique is still experiencing power outages after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Visayas last week. Officials state the entire province is still without power as of Monday. Of the over 50,000 people that were affected, the majority of them are state government evacuation centers. The Antique provincial government estimate the damage to government facilities and over P50 million. (Source: GMA News – http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/334921/news/regions/antique-province-still-without-power-over-50k-people-affected)

See below photos taken by local residents of Pandan, Antique:

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We are reaching out to our network to provide aid in this time of need. All proceeds will benefit the province of Antique, Philiippines.