May 24, 2017. WWSB MySuncoast.
SARASOTA CO. – Each year, the First Congregational United Church of Christ joins dozens of other churches in choosing a social topic to focus on for the year. It’s part of a group known as Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE).
May 23, 2017. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
SARASOTA COUNTY — Specific proposals for new rules that would encourage more affordable housing must be complete by Sept. 1, the Sarasota County Commission unanimously agreed Tuesday.
The proposals likely will focus on promoting different types of housing than the most-common single-family homes being built, relaxing sometimes burdensome rules about parking and expanding the ability for homeowners to rent available spaces, County Administrator Tom Harmer said.
May 8, 2017. Tristate homepage.com.
More than a thousand people packed the Old National Events Plaza to tell local officials what they want done to better the area.
Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) is an organization that works to fight for justice in the Tri-State Area.
Each year the group researches different aspects of the community that they believe need attention and host an event to tell local government leaders.
This year, they asked for more funding to the affordable housing trust fund, for more officers to be equipped with Narcan and for more programs to be in place to assist the mentally ill.
“When you have 14 hundred people asking you to do something” said CAJE Treasurer Julie Dougan “and these are people that elected you to office and might re-elect you to office they tend to listen.”
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April 25, 2017. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
A boisterous crowd in downtown Topeka’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral gave booming cheers as Topeka and Shawnee County officials agreed to tackle mental health, affordable housing and transportation — issues affecting many disenfranchised Topekans.
Topeka Justice Unity Ministry Project, more commonly called JUMP, brought members of 20 Shawnee County churches together for a “Night of Justice,” where officials, including Mayor Larry Wolgast, agreed to explore:
April 24, 2017. Tampa Bay Times.
ST. PETERSBURG — City and county officials were asked to commit millions of dollars of sales tax revenues to build more affordable housing in Pinellas during a gathering of about 3,000 people Monday night at Tropicana Field.
The program was the latest effort by a group of religious congregations called FAST, with the motto “Faith and Action for Strength Together,” to get local governments to spend more money to secure housing for the county’s poorer residents.