Whether it be jail issues or racism, Justice Matters vows to be voice of the ‘unheard’

January 30, 2017. Lawrence Journal-World.

As it looks to its fourth year since its formation, the Lawrence interfaith group Justice Matters points to victories won through its mobilization of “people power” and vows to carry on the fight for advances on local issues its members have identified.

“None of us as individuals or as faith groups have the influence, the clout or the money to really affect change,” said Pat Lechtenberg, Justice Matters recording secretary. “But by coming together as a large group of people — and there were more than 1,700 of us at the Lied Center at our founding convention — we can make a difference.”

Pumped up by pope, anti-poverty advocates joining Vatican summit in Calif

January 25, 2017. CatholicPhilly.com

WASHINGTON (CNS) — For 27 years, Pat Campbell-Williams has worked on Detroit’s West Side, organizing her neighbors to tackle tough economic justice issues. It’s good work, she acknowledged, but she didn’t know if anyone cared beyond the city limits.

Faith-based group offers affordable housing help. The message: ‘Don’t be discouraged’

January 9, 2017. Miami Herald.

Jose and Andrea Irias’ goal is to move out of her mom’s house, have their own place and raise their 17-month daughter.

But the couple, both 23, say that even with Jose working full-time and Andrea doing freelance photography, their salaries aren’t enough to cover rent in Miami-Dade County.

“We’ve looked everywhere,” said Andrea Irias. “The cheapest place we could find is $1,000.”

Looking for affordable housing in Miami-Dade? These meetings can help

January 5, 2017. Miami Herald.

A faith-based group will host two meetings in January to help Miami-Dade County residents find affordable housing.

People Acting for Community Together (PACT) will walk interested residents through the process of securing affordable housing, including eligibility requirements, income limits, applications and waiting lists. There is no charge for attending.

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer budget proposes $2.5M for housing fund

May 26, 2016. The Courier-Journal.

Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled his budget plan Thursday, devoting $2.5 million toward the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has been woefully underfunded since its inception eight years ago.

“It is the largest investment in the fund’s history in our city,” Fischer said in an interview.