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Fighting Poverty with Faith 2012: Building Opportunity through Affordable Housing for all

12:31 PM Apr 23, 2013

  

Fighting Poverty with Faith is a nationwide, interfaith movement to cut domestic poverty in half by 2020. The annual Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization focuses on addressing a root cause of poverty and this year, the theme is “Building Opportunity through Affordable Housing for All” and will run from November 8-November 18, 2012. 

For millions of Americans, safe and decent housing is unaffordable and unavailable.  The faith community cannot stand idly by as too many of our neighbors are forced to make impossible choices among necessities such as food, rent, and medicine. We recognize the importance of decent shelter as a core necessity to overcoming poverty and will educate our communities about this issue and work to increase the supply of and expand access to housing for low income families and individuals.

Each year, Fighting Poverty with Faith has an advocacy push.  In 2012 we are working to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low income households through focusing on securing permanent funding for the National Housing Trust Fund.  The National Housing Trust Fund provides communities with funds to build, preserve, and rehabilitate rental homes that are affordable for extremely and very low income households.

Local communities can make a difference by planning community-wide, interfaith, events and actions during the week-long mobilization – such as a Habitat for Humanity build, Poverty Simulation, or screening of the 60 minutes special Hard Times Generation – to both educate the community and elected officials about the issue homelessness and the lack of affordable housing options.  If you are interested in planning an event or learning more about Fighting Poverty with Faith contact:  Robin Rosenbaum, rrosenbaum@thejcpa.org, (202) 212-6037.

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