Justice Ministry holds first meeting Tuesday to tackle problem of affordable housing

July 10, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

After more than a thousand people showed up to the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s annual gathering on April 30, the social justice organization will hold the first meeting as it sets out with the goal of establishing a regional housing trust fund on Tues. July 10.

Starting at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (134 St Philip St.), the meeting is one of the first steps the group is taking to help mitigate the difficulties posed by of skyrocketing rent prices throughout the Lowcountry. It will help check off three of the nine goals the 27-member advocacy group set for itself back in April: developing a coalition with members from various regional governments, convening the coalition within 75 days, and meeting with Michael Anderson.

These are the 7 firms the city is considering for a racial bias study of the Charleston Police Department

May 31, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

The city of Charleston is forging ahead with a planned study of the the city’s policing tactics and whether or not they disproportionally affect African-American and minority citizens.

So far, eight consulting firms have responded to a request for proposal published by the city on May 1, according to city spokesperson Chloe Field. One of them, the Maryland-based firm Cook Ross, submitted a courtesy letter stating they were not interested in the contract.

Regional solutions to housing crisis needed

May 2, 2018. The Post and Courier.

The Charleston area is an increasingly unaffordable place for too many local residents to live. That’s hardly news to tens of thousands of people who struggle to pay rent or find a reasonably priced home close to where they work.

So it’s not surprising there was broad consensus regarding the housing crisis at this year’s Nehemiah Action Assembly, an annual event hosted by the Charleston Area Justice Ministry.

Seven local officials commit to help fix Charleston’s affordable housing crisis at annual CAJM gathering

May 1, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

Seven representatives from various Lowcountry governments agreed to join a regional housing coalition and to help establish a regional housing trust fund at the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s annual Nehemiah Action gathering Monday night.

Nehemiah Action is arguably the largest gathering of policy-driven activists in the Charleston area. The rules of engaging with elected officials who show up to the meeting are created and enforced by the 27-member group to maximize clarity. They are asked yes or no questions and given 30 seconds to respond, after which their microphone is cut off.

Charleston ministries push elected officials to forge new affordable housing plans

April 30, 2018. The Post and Courier.

With housing prices in the Charleston area still hovering well above the national average, a coalition of local ministries has convinced elected officials in the Lowcountry’s largest cities and towns to team up and do something about it.

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry on Monday held its sixth annual Nehemiah Action Assembly, an event designed to challenge policymakers’ positions in front of thousands of ministry members. Past assemblies focusing on police practices and juvenile justice have been highly contentious, but the focus on affordable housing this year seemed to highlight a consensus among elected officials and the interfaith group.