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.

Topeka city officials discuss establishing process to fund affordable housing projects

June 5, 2018. The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Nine years ago, the question before Topeka’s governing body was whether to fix the city’s streets, and the community responded by implementing a half-cent sales tax to accomplish that purpose, Topekan Carol Babcock told the city’s governing body Tuesday evening.

“Today, the question is ‘Do we need to fix affordable housing?’ ” Babcock said. “I say ‘yes.’ ”

Babcock — a member of Topeka JUMP, a faith-based organization asking the city government to do more to deal with affordable housing problems — told city officials she felt pleased they were considering establishing a process through which a housing trust fund the city maintains could be used to target dollars toward affordable housing.

Religious-Based Group Wants City to Incentivize Developers to Provide Affordable Homes

May 16, 2018. NBC 29

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee is working to tackle the affordable housing issues plaguing the city.

At its meeting on Wednesday, May 16, the full committee heard ideas from a religious-based group.

A group called the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, or IMPACT, has been conducting research in hopes of solving the housing crisis. The group says adopting new zoning codes could be the solution.

IMPACT says affordable housing is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed at its roots. The group says the city should change legislation to incentivize developers to build more affordable units.

Evansville affordable housing: ‘If it’s not a crisis, it will be one at any point’

May 10, 2018. Courier & Press.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — At the urging of a group of local churches, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said his 2019 budget proposal will include $500,000 to boost affordable housing initiatives.

City Council will have the final say over whether the funding stays or goes. Work on next year’s new budget starts in August.

Evansville’s need for adequate, low-income housing is immense. The inventory is about 5,000 units short, according to Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment. CAJE strives to influence public policy on local issues of interest.

Lack of safe, affordable housing for low-income people in Columbus focus of Nehemiah Action event

May 7, 2018. The Columbus Dispatch.

To afford safe, modest housing in Franklin County, a young mother earning minimum wage would need to work about 84 hours a week.

A local religious coalition says that’s a crisis jeopardizing children’s futures.

For Latrice Rutland, 31, a mother of three children under age 10, it’s a challenge she confronts every day while juggling jobs. Her $475 monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is already 60 percent of her income.

Soon, that payment is set to increase to $725.