Members of Congregations Gather to Advocate for More Affordable Housing

March 12, 2019. NBC29.COM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – People of all faiths in central Virginia are coming together to address a problem they say knows no religion.

On Tuesday, March 12, about 100 members of IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) gathered at the Church of the Incarnation to advocate for more affordable housing in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

BCC approves resolution pledging Penny funds to affordable housing

March 11, 2019. Tampa Bay Newspapers.

CLEARWATER — Members of Faith and Action for Strength Together asked Pinellas County Commissioners for assurances that the next round of Penny for Pinellas funds would be spent on affordable housing as promised.

FAST, which is an organization made up of members of church congregations throughout the county, is concerned that future commissioners might not have the same mindset as the current ones about the importance of affordable housing.

Local groups work to bring attention to affordable housing crisis in Posey County

March 7, 2019. WFIE 14 News.

POSEY COUNTY, IN (WFIE) – Officials in Posey County are calling the lack of affordable housing a “crisis” in the community.

On Thursday, members of non-profit Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment met to discuss immediate plans for fixing the issue.

Firm seeks community’s input for racial bias in Charleston Police Department

February 7, 2019. The Post and Courier.

Inside a meeting hall at Ebenezer AME Church on Charleston’s East Side Thursday night, Fouche Sheppard shared a story of how she was pulled over by a police officer she believed had profiled her.

The officer told her he thought she was an African American male before letting her go, she said.

Sheppard’s story was one of a handful shared during the first town hall meeting held as part of an eight-month, $158,556 racial bias audit of the Charleston Police Department by the Virginia-based firm CNA. Although small in attendance, a number of residents from the East Side neighborhood shared personal stories, suggestions on ways to increase community collaboration with police and asked questions about how a police department that seems to have drifted away from true, community-level policing can begin to right the course. 

Housing prices still unaffordable for most in Charleston region, burdening workforce

January 26, 2019. The Post and Courier.

Even as more people over the past year have called for action on the affordable housing shortage in the Charleston region, typical rents and home prices remain higher than what most workers can pay.

In late 2017, The Post and Courier analyzed local housing trends and salary data, revealing that much of the workforce couldn’t afford to live where they worked in the center of the region. As a result, teachers, police officers and hospitality workers were moving farther away into the edges of town for cheaper housing — adding more commuters to an already congested roads system.