Justice Ministry holds first meeting Tuesday to tackle problem of affordable housing

July 10, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

After more than a thousand people showed up to the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s annual gathering on April 30, the social justice organization will hold the first meeting as it sets out with the goal of establishing a regional housing trust fund on Tues. July 10.

Starting at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (134 St Philip St.), the meeting is one of the first steps the group is taking to help mitigate the difficulties posed by of skyrocketing rent prices throughout the Lowcountry. It will help check off three of the nine goals the 27-member advocacy group set for itself back in April: developing a coalition with members from various regional governments, convening the coalition within 75 days, and meeting with Michael Anderson.

Topeka city officials discuss establishing process to fund affordable housing projects

June 5, 2018. The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Nine years ago, the question before Topeka’s governing body was whether to fix the city’s streets, and the community responded by implementing a half-cent sales tax to accomplish that purpose, Topekan Carol Babcock told the city’s governing body Tuesday evening.

“Today, the question is ‘Do we need to fix affordable housing?’ ” Babcock said. “I say ‘yes.’ ”

Babcock — a member of Topeka JUMP, a faith-based organization asking the city government to do more to deal with affordable housing problems — told city officials she felt pleased they were considering establishing a process through which a housing trust fund the city maintains could be used to target dollars toward affordable housing.

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.

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.

Topeka JUMP to meet Monday to voice support for affordable housing fund

April 29, 2018. The Topeka Capital-Journal.

A coalition of Shawnee County churches will gather Monday to advocate for an affordable housing trust fund, a concept they have worked on for two years.

Topeka JUMP, which is comprised of 20 churches, will present a proposal to establish the fund using private and public dollars. It prioritizes the creation and preservation of affordable housing, lead organizer Shanae Holman said in a news release.