When you think of housing, what comes to mind? Affordability? Mortgages? Contractors and realtors?
If the topic of housing comes up, our immediate response may not be to think of a congregation, faith group, or even our own church community. Yet, faith groups – whether that be your own church or small work group – can be a strength in our communities in so many ways. From spiritual care and guidance to practical assistance and resources, our faith communities can be one of the solutions to address housing in Waco.
During the month of January, four congregations came together at Grassroots to discuss what action they could take to be a part of the solution for affordable housing in Waco. Facilitated by our intern, Josie Pooler, this first meeting saw opportunity for collaboration and action in the realm of housing. The four congregations had an opportunity to share their areas of interest, begin to assess what their strengths are as a congregation, and brainstorm where they saw potential to work as partners. At the meeting, there was also an opportunity to learn about the practical ways that congregations tap into their resources to address housing, whether that be through advocacy, developing property or housing as a congregation, providing of rental and utility assistance, asset mapping, and/or learning more about accessory dwelling units.
Because sustainability and collaboration go hand in hand, we are hopeful that these partnerships will provide long-term solutions to affordable housing and are excited to see how this group takes a part in those solutions.
If you are a part of a faith community that would like to participate in the group or learn more about how you can become a part of the solution to affordable housing, reach out to email@example.com to learn how to connect with the group and/or attend the next meeting.