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Time to Listen — Time to Act Campaign, November 2013

Throughout history, faith communities have stood for justice for society’s most vulnerable. Family homelessness grew by 17% between 2011 and 2013 and yet state emergency shelter and assistance funding is 25% less than it was in 2007.

It’s time to act on behalf of vulnerable Oregon families forced to sleep in their cars or on the street. Join the call for justice for Oregon’s homeless families.

The campaign is asking congregations to write 1,000 letters calling on the Oregon Legislature to restore funding for the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and the State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) to 2007 levels to assist people to move into housing.

The Time to Act Listen — Time to Act Campaign will culminate on November 22, 2013, for the 4th Annual Walk of Homelessness Awareness. Following the gathering, a delegation of religious leaders will deliver our letters to the State Legislature in Salem.

Here’s how you can get involved

  1. Watch the film: Time to Listen is a moving account of the lives of six homeless individuals. You can find the film online at the website of New City Initiative.
  2. Write a letter: Let your state legislators know that you support restoring funding for emergency housing services for Oregon’s most vulnerable families. You can find out who your representatives are and find a letter-writing template at the website of New City Initiative.
  3. November 22: Bring your letters to the 4th Annual Day of Homelessness Awareness on November 22nd. The day begins with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, followed by visits to organizations supporting homeless people. At 8:30 we will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square for an interfaith convocation. Letters will be gathered, blessed, and taken by an interfaith delegation to Salem that day. Go Here for more information.

For more information, contact New City Initiative.

Organized by New City Initiative. Co-sponsors include: Bosniak Educational & Cultural Organization (B.E.C.O.), Central City Concern, Clay Street Table at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish, First Baptist Church of Portland, First Congregational United Church of Christ Portland, Havurah Shalom, Human Solutions, Multnomah County, St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral