After several years within the social justice committee of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and as a program in a non-profit, Good Faith became an independent interfaith organization in 2013 working with the faith and advocacy communities and with our neighbors who are poor and often homeless. Good Faith’s long-term focus has been system change so that the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors for affordable housing and, too often, for homeless services are addressed in a manner that leads to successful and sustainable outcomes. The most vulnerable are those households in the 0 – 30% AMI (area median income): no more than $32,700 total income for a household of four.
Based on our common Biblical roots and our moral perspective, Good Faith educates about issues related to homelessness and affordable housing based on the belief that affordable and sustainable housing is fundamental to family and individual stability. With this stability comes the capacity to change, normalize relationships and move forward in productive ways that benefit the individuals, their families and the community.
Good Faith works with our partners to see that the political will to address these long-term challenges does not waiver, nor are the rights of the poor and vulnerable compromised in our haste to check the “no more poverty” box on our political score card. There is no checkoff box and we must be vigilant.
Introductory Remarks, Good Faith Annual Meeting 2017, Temple Micah. Read More: Good Faith at Five Years.
– 17% of DC residents lived below the poverty line in 2015: $24,600 for a family of
– 30% of DC children live below the poverty line, with more than 14,000 of these
children living in deep poverty in households earning less than $12,000 per year.
– On a single night in January 2017, more than 7,000 persons in the city were counted as homeless, at least 800 were unsheltered and living on the streets.
– In early October 2017 there were ore than 700 families with over 1400 children in DC shelters. More than 1,000 single adults slept in shelter.
– DC’s public housing stock has decreased by at least 4,000 units since the 1990’s to
only 8,000 units remaining in the inventory. Since 2002 the number of low-cost rental
units in DC has dropped by more than 50%, while the number of more expensive
housing units rose more than 155%.
– DC has a deficit of more than 30,000 affordable and available units for people with
extremely low incomes.
We pray for those in positions of civic authority, servants of all the people. May their
compassion, understanding and just actions lead to a city that measures its
greatness by the care it provides for its people in need.
Rev. John Graham, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown
Point in time count 2017. Fact Sheet.
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).