May 14, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
Partway into the Rev. Charles Leister’s recitation on the parable of the wheat and the tares, the Franklin County commissioners had had enough.
Leister, senior pastor of the New Beginning Christian
Center, spoke during the commissioners meeting Tuesday as co-president
of the interfaith group BREAD, which stands for “Building
Responsibility, Equality and Dignity.” For months, members have appeared
regularly before the commissioners and the Columbus City Council to
urge more funding for affordable housing.
On Tuesday, Leister used
his three minutes of public comment time to voice his disappointment
that the commissioners did not attend a recent BREAD event.
May 6, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
Ali Miller is an AmeriCorps VISTA worker who spends half of her paycheck on housing here in Columbus.
job doesn’t pay much, she said — about $12,000 a year. That gives her
no money for a car, or alcohol. She gets no money from her parents.
a local social justice group says there are thousands more like Miller
who can’t pay the escalating rents in a growing Columbus and central
“We want affordable housing too,” said Miller, not new
places with $1,000-a-month rents with granite countertops and fancy
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.
May 7, 2018. The Columbus Dispatch.
To afford safe, modest housing in Franklin County, a young mother earning minimum wage would need to work about 84 hours a week.
A local religious coalition says that’s a crisis jeopardizing children’s futures.
For Latrice Rutland, 31, a mother of three children under age 10, it’s a challenge she confronts every day while juggling jobs. Her $475 monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is already 60 percent of her income.
Soon, that payment is set to increase to $725.
November 11, 2017. The Columbus Dispatch.
“You’ve got to pay attention to this. You’ve got to be awake for this,” Fred Benton, a defense attorney, told them. “The law is looking for you.”
A group of 16 people saw the Franklin County Common Pleas courtroom from a unique vantage point Thursday.
Each is on probation for violent or gun-related crimes. About half have affiliations to criminal street gangs. Many knew someone who had been shot and, in some cases, killed.
The two women and 14 men of varying age and race and from various parts of the city sat in the jury box with a different fate to weigh — their own. Each still has a chance.