Moving out of the bubble to try to understand…

One of Good Faith’s leaders is a librarian by profession. Along with many fellow travelers, she feels strongly that through reading we can begin to expand our understanding of a world that affects our lives, but a world in which we do not live or perhaps even touch.

A place to begin in 2017 – World Out of Focus:

Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, $2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 210 pp.

The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day has sky rocketed to 1.5 American households.  “Everything we’ve learned about the $2-a-day poor suggests that it is typically the opportunity to work that is lacking, not the will, and that ensuring work opportunity would do no end of good.”

More reading suggestions…..

Shelter Census, January 1, 2017: 836 families with 1749 children resided in shelter or transitional housing on this date.  1107 single men and women also resided in shelters.

New hypothermia hotline:  202-399-7093 OR 311.

Mothers receiving TANF benefits (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) describe their journey to independence.
                                                                    IN THE NEWS

Ward 3 Short Term Family Housing – updates.
Homeward DC, 2015-2020. Inter-agency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan, 2015-2020.  Read Executive Summary.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2016 Point in Time survey of regional homelessness.
  Read report.
Newsletter current and previous.
Biblical Roots of Justice – Foundation of the Journey for Justice:  an interfaith conversation on homelessness and the Journey for Justice for our neighbors who are without homes (10 minutes)