Justice Matters assembly pushes for action on community issues, calls out local leaders

March 30, 2017. Lawrence Journal-World.

An assembly hosted by faith group Justice Matters on Thursday brought up community issues such as mental health, affordable housing and school equity, and event organizers weren’t shy in voicing their disappointment that not all local leaders attended.

The conclusion of the third annual Nehemiah Action Assembly likely sent cell phones of two local leaders — School Board President Marcel Harmon and Douglas County Commission Chair Mike Gaughan — buzzing with text messages after their numbers were projected in front of the nearly full Lied Center and the approximately 1,500 attendees were encouraged to text them.

‘Safe City’ meeting calls for drug, housing, school reform

March 28, 2017. The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The “Safe City” platform of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or “CLOUT” was on the table Tuesday in a gathering of hundreds of residents, elected officials, civic leaders and activists at the Memorial Auditorium in Old Louisville.

Representatives from 22 churches and religious organizations led a conversation with officials about the agenda of affordable housing, education reform, substance abuse and mental health treatment.

At Brandon “Nehemiah” event, elected officials talk civil citations and affordable housing

March 28, 2017. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

In front of nearly 1500 people gathered Monday at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) brought out some of the area’s most well known politicians as part of their 2017 Nehemiah Action.

CLOUT unveils Safe City platform for Louisville

March 7, 2017. WLKY.com

LOUISVILLE, KY — The group CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, on Tuesday unveiled its Safe City platform, which targets crime, drug addiction, housing instability and school suspensions in Louisville.The faith-based organization is calling for improved training and accountability for police officers and others in the criminal justice system who deal with addicts and people who are mentally ill.

Local leaders hear how affordable housing trust fund could work in Topeka

February 15, 2017. Topeka Capital-Journal.

A group of about 35 people representing local churches, businesses and government entities listened to a national expert on affordable housing trust funds describe how such an initiative might work in the capital city during a breakfast meeting Wednesday in downtown Topeka.

Michael Anderson, director of the Housing Trust Fund Project for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change, told attendees affordable housing trust funds already were operational in some 770 communities across the U.S. and were making it possible for low-income people in those cities to live in their own homes.