Building Opportunity Through Affordable Housing for All: Fighting Poverty with Faith National Event 2012

Every year, the National Council of Churches joins with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Catholic Charities, the Islamic Society of North America, and dozens of other faith-based organizations to sponsor the Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization. For 2012, the mobilization theme was “Building Opportunity through Affordable Housing for All.”

Leaders from national faith-based organizations held an interfaith house blessing and press conference at a mixed income housing development called The SeVerna, in Washington, DC. At the SeVerna, no one pays more than one third of their income on housing. The driving force behind the establishment of The SeVerna were leaders from the Bible Way church. At the press conference, national faith leaders called on the U.S. Congress to create more affordable housing like The SeVerna. Congress can make it happen by making good on their 2008 promise to help local agencies create affordable housing by giving $1 billion in federal dollars to the National Housing Trust Fund. Click here to add your voice by sending a message to Congress.

Check out the photo and video footage from the event.

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Bible Way church Elder Henry Marshall offers a prayer before the beginning of the Fighting Poverty with Faith 2012 National Event and Press Conference.

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Ms. Yvonne Williams shares some of the history of The SeVerna and neighboring affordable housing developments, all of which Bible Way church was instrumental in establishing.
“”We are a church & we have built more than 350 units of housing. It’s not too ‘pie in the sky’ a dream to create opportunities. You can make a difference.”

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“The Biblical vision of wholeness (shalom) includes a world in which there is enough for everyone. As people of faith who are committed to this vision of wholeness, we are deeply concerned about so many of God’s people who struggle to find a dignified and affordable place to call home. We need courageous compassion in our churches’ ministries and in the public policies that affect everyone’s ability to live in a community that embodies shalom. We need our Congress to help make this happen by making good on their unfulfilled promise to fund the National Housing Trust Fund.” ¬† ~Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and Vice President at Large of the National Council of Churches

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(left to right) Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church -Disciples of Christ and Vice President at Large of the NCC, Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, and Rabbi Steve Gutow emerge from an interfaith visit and house blessing at the home of The SeVerna resident and Fighting Poverty with Faith press conference speaker Ms. Deborah Washington.

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