This annual event brings together leaders of all faith groups in NJ on an issue of social concern. The State Association of Jewish Federations, the NJ Catholic Conference and the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in NJ have led the way in convening and coordinating New Jersey’s annual observance of “Fighting Poverty with Faith (FPWF),” a national initiative to cut poverty 50 percent in America by 2020. Monarch Housing is proud to be a co-sponsor.
Click here to access the Fighting Poverty with Faith website, which includes resources for congregations.
Click here to join people of faith in taking action on funding for the National Housing Trust Fund.
Click here to read the full text of the interfaith prayer.
Click here for more information about NJ’s Fighting Poverty with Faith 2012 event.
The national event, held at The SeVerna, a mixed income affordable housing development., included speakers representing faith and advocacy groups as well as one currently homeless individual and one resident of The SeVerna.
Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, which coordinates the faith coalition, opened the event, saying that it would be action from political leaders, not just from charity groups, that would finally end poverty in the United States.
In her remarks, Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), noted that faith groups have long been strong supporters of the National Housing Trust Fund. She said that the nation has the resources to end homelessness; it is a matter of lawmakers committing the funding necessary for that effort to succeed.
Other speakers included:
Mrs. Yvonne Williams, chair of the board of Bible Way Church, which developed The SeVerna;
Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada;
Dr. Sayeed Sayyid, Islamic Council of North America; and
Candy Hill, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Social Policy at Catholic Charities USA.
The event closed with an interfaith prayer for affordable housing and an end to poverty, which included a call to:
“Help us to attend to the difference between charity and change; that we may both help to provide shelter and affordable housing, and change the structures that swell the numbers of those living in poverty.”
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