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.

Justice Knox: Churches press officials on affordable housing, school suspensions

May 1, 2018. Knox News

In pressing public officials to take action on social problems in Knox County, Justice Knox doesn’t shy away from tension — it embraces it.

“Collectively, we raise our voice and call for our public officials to hear their constituents,” Justice Knox Co-president Rev. Meredith Loftis told the hundreds of people who packed into Central United Methodist Church on Monday evening.

“This will cause tension, but let’s be clear, it is tension borne of hearts that care.”

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.

Brad Byrd In-Depth: Dr. Amariah McIntosh previews CAJE Nehemiah Action

April 30, 2018. Tristate Homepage.com

On Monday, May 7, Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) will hold its Annual Nehemiah Action. The group meets to discuss what actions need to be taken to solve social issues in our community.

An issue it’s been working on for years is affordable housing and proposing a diversion program offering an alternative to jail-time for people in trouble with the law.