Be a Housing Advocate!
Roughly 14,000 people are homeless on any given night in Minnesota. First Universalist is partnering with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative to improve Minnesota’s affordable housing stock and supportive services. Beacon Citizens are in the midst of their 2015 “Believe in Home” Legislative Campaign. The Homes for All legislative agenda asks the State of Minnesota to commit $39 million more than it does now to support affordable housing financing and operations, as well as the services that help people escape homelessness.
Beacon Citizens are connecting with the importance of home as a foundation of stable lives and stable communities. Let’s be part of achieving their goal — to engage 3,000 Beacon Citizens and 30 congregations. First Universalist is a Beacon congregation and a “Families Moving Forward” host site this fall.
Here is a starting point: Using this simple online form, you can endorse this year’s effort by providing your name, address, email address and a statement that begins with “Home is …” and ends with “I believe in home.” It is very easy, very fast, and very meaningful.
Beacon staff will connect names and addresses to state legislators, and will use the “Home is…” statements to create stunning visuals for use in our advocacy and within our congregations. They will deliver the statements to elected officials, so your individual statement takes on even more power when collected with those of others in our congregation and House or Senate district.
It’s simple and powerful. Let’s add our voice to this important effort.
Housing Advocacy Coordinator, First Universalist Church