Thursday, April 30, 2009


Weekly WAIC 91.9 FM radio program will provide financial education to local community.

As the nation’s economic crisis continues, credit card interest rates and unemployment are on the rise again, as millions of Americans fall further behind on their bills. While experts look for signs of an economic rebound, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other officials have called for more aggressive financial literacy campaigns to help the public make more informed decisions. In response, Cambridge Credit Counseling and American International College announced today that they are co-producing a weekly radio program to help residents of Western Massachusetts learn about the financial issues of the day.

“American International College and Cambridge Credit Counseling are both passionate about helping people get a better understanding of today’s financial world,” noted Christopher Viale, Cambridge’s president and CEO. “At the same time, we’re thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with A.I.C., a prestigious institution with a long history of service to the Springfield community.”

The radio show, titled Money America, will be hosted by Cambridge’s Community Outreach Director, Thomas Fox, and by A.I.C. alum Lavalle Smith, a nationally certified credit counselor. Money America will debut on WAIC 91.9 FM at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Each week, the program will focus on an important financial topic, including credit reports and scores, managing credit and debt more effectively, and a host of other timely issues. The public will be encouraged to call in with questions.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Website details Cambridge’s Home Sweet Home initiative to aid the ailing economy.

It’s been more than one month since the Obama administration announced the U.S. Treasury Department's Making Home Affordable program. While that initiative has its merits, many believe that it falls short of offering struggling homeowners the help they desperately need. In an effort to promote awareness of its Home Sweet Home alternative, Cambridge Credit Counseling announced today that it has recently launched a new website, The organization’s Home Sweet Home plan achieves economic stability by directly addressing problems in the housing sector.

“Home Sweet Home has created a buzz in the credit counseling industry, and its merits are easily understood,” noted Christopher Viale, Cambridge’s president and CEO. “Our goal with the website is to generate support. Anyone who visits the site will see the initiative for what it is – an alternative that will help more homeowners than the current housing recovery plans in existence.”

Economists and analysts alike predict that prices in the housing market may decline by another 20 percent before they level off, and that nearly half of all homeowners will owe more on their mortgages than the current value of their homes. Some economists theorize that the housing market will need at least another three years to achieve price stability. Therefore, programs offering assistance should be structured to anticipate the future needs of homeowners.

The following is a brief overview of the progress that could be achieved through the Home Sweet Home

In the short-term, homeowners would gain the financial relief they desperately need, while in the long-term, restructured loans would help stabilize markets as these formerly toxic assets performed successfully.

The significant monthly savings to homeowners would allow for an infusion of cash into the economy, as consumer spending would undoubtedly increase.

Banks would avoid significant foreclosure costs and avoid having a backlog of homes to sell.

The restoration of real value to suspect or worthless loans would help free up the credit market and inspire consumer and investor confidence.

American families would be freed from the anxiety that is paralyzing our economy.

To view a brief social media introduction to, please visit the following link Obama's Housing Program: One Month Later.