I’d like to invite you to join our webinar “Loving Your Neighborhood” on Thursday, August 6, at 7 pm, and learn how you can be part of the housing justice movement, which is also about racial justice. Twenty years ago, my wife Jill Shook intentionally moved into a predominantly African American neighborhood and was mentored by an African American leader named John Perkins (founder of the Harambee Center and the Christian Community Development Association). Upon marrying Jill, I moved into this neighborhood, which is close to Orange Grove Meeting. Thanks to my diverse neighbors, my eyes and heart have been opened in ways I could never have imagined. I have come to love my neighborhood and see more clearly my role as an ally of people of color.
Concerned about gentrification, homelessness, and the need for affordable housing, we started a nonprofit called Making and Housing and Community Happen (MHCH). Using a faith-rooted approach, MHCH has convinced our City Council to approve 134 units of homeless housing and strengthen their inclusionary ordinance to require that 20% of all new housing be affordable. We’ve started committees to create a Community Land Trust, Safe Parking for those living in their vehicles, affordable accessory dwelling units (“granny flats”) and a congregational land community to help religious institutions have affordable/homeless housing built on their excess land. This work has all been done with the support of Orange Grove Meeting, which has become a center for housing justice in our city. To learn how you can be part of the movement to end homelessness and make decent housing a human right, click here to register in advance for this webinar.
from Anthony Manousos, Orange Grove Meeting (to be 8/6/2020)