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.

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.