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.