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The IAHH speaks at the West End Collegiate Church

On Sunday, September 16th, Marc Greenberg, the executive director at the IAHH, and Dennis Barton, an IAHH board member and Life Skills Empowerment Program (LSEP) mentor, spoke and presented at a service held at the West End Collegiate Church.

 

During the service, Marc highlighted key housing policy campaigns that the IAHH is currently focusing on, and provided statistical information on homelessness in New York City.

                The presentation was also coupled with a moving testimony by Dennis Barton. In his speech to the West End congregation, Dennis provided a touching account of his personal experiences with homelessness and discussed how he was able to turn to his faith and good people in order to reclaim his life. By comparing his experiences to the analogy of the parable of the prodigal son, Dennis emphasized the key point that homeless individuals are looking for a hand up, not a handout.

                After the conclusion of the service, Marc and Dennis met with congregation members and distributed literature regarding the work and focus of the IAHH.

We thank senior pastor Michael S. Bos, associate pastor Jes Kast-Keat, and the entire West End congregation for welcoming the IAHH with open arms this past Sunday. We look forward to strengthening and deepening our ties with more community institutions like the West End Collegiate Church in the near future.

 

Portland Set to Hold Owners of Vacant Buildings Accountable

The mayor of Portalnd, OR has announced a plan to require owners of vacant buildings in the city to report their contact information contact information so they can be held accountable should they become a public nuisance or a public safety issue.

 

The Interfaith Assembly currently supports our friends at Picture the Homeless as they pursue similar efforts in New York City.

National Council of Elders to Release Greensboro Declaration in Three U.S. Cities

  • Disappointed by the Platforms & Politics of Both Parties, Calls for Systemic Change

    On Wednesday, September 12, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago. The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in th
    e civil rights struggle. 

    The Declaration will be presented at significant historic sites of struggle and freedom in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI; and New York. Press conferences will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the areas’ respective time zones. The NCOE sees its mission as passing down both its wisdom and missteps to coming generations, especially to young people. 

    Dr. James A. Forbes ,Jr. , President, Healing the Nations Foundation
    Imam Al Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood
    Shirley M. Sherrod, Former Georgia State Director of Rural Development, U.S. DepartmenofAgriculture 
    Father Daniel Berrigan- Peace Maker
    Rev. Donna Schapper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
    Father Paul Mayer, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change (IMAC)

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