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.
January 11, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
It’s a good indicator that an issue is worthy of some attention when the local faith communities that join forces as B.R.E.A.D. identify it as their focus for the year.
For 2019, we agree with the
interfaith group that a lack of affordable housing in Columbus and
Franklin County is deserving of more effort from multiple quarters,
public and private alike, to narrow the unconscionable and growing lack
of safe housing for low-income families.
December 16, 2018. WUSF News.
Back in October, hundreds of Hillsborough County residents packed the pews of Tampa’s First Seventh Day Adventist Church.
was an interfaith gathering of congregations, all members of the
Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE). People
chatted and a choir led the group in singing hymns, but before too long,
they got down to business.
November 12, 2018. Insider Louisville.
Several city officials are slated to provide updates Monday on a wide
range of topics — from school safety to how the police treat
individuals with mental illness — that have been raised by one of
Louisville’s most prominent interfaith social justice organizations.
Monday night, members of CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and
United Together, will hear “progress reports” from several local
politicians about targeted “issue campaigns” undertaken by the group,
according to a news release.
April 30, 2018. The Post and Courier.
With housing prices in the Charleston area still hovering well above the national average, a coalition of local ministries has convinced elected officials in the Lowcountry’s largest cities and towns to team up and do something about it.
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry on Monday held its sixth annual Nehemiah Action Assembly, an event designed to challenge policymakers’ positions in front of thousands of ministry members. Past assemblies focusing on police practices and juvenile justice have been highly contentious, but the focus on affordable housing this year seemed to highlight a consensus among elected officials and the interfaith group.