“We are acutely aware that homelessness fundamentally is a devastating sign of poverty. As we work to address the urgent and growing needs of those who are homeless, we strive towards our long term goal of ending hunger, homeless and poverty.”
She used the opportunity that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States this fall brings to draw attention to “those who are poor and suffering.”
“He reminds us ‘In a world where there is so much wealth… it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.’”
“Pope Francis has given us a gift, by urging us to refocus on the truth of poverty and struggle, both in its global and local forms. He is inviting us to tap the wellsprings of compassion and goodness within us, and he is urging us to reenvision our societies along the lines of justice and human dignity.
This is a message that our country needs to hear. The housing and homeless crisis, which draws all of us to this conference, is only part of a deep and inhumane web of poverty that affects tens of millions of Americans.”
“Let us seize this important historic moment and bring that hope to life here in the United States. Let us build a society of inclusion and caring. Let us act for mercy and seek justice.”