Effective Compassion
Associated Press/Photo by Seth Wenig

Breaking through the sky-high rent logjam

Poverty | Developers say they need help to build affordable housing
by Rob Holmes
Posted 2/21/18, 02:44 pm

An affordable housing crisis looms despite cranes soaring over the skylines of U.S. cities. According to a Harvard University report, nearly 21 million households pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent, and nearly 11 million of those pay more than 50 percent of their take-home pay.

Though many city governments tout the need for more more affordable housing, policies to effect change are elusive.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Rob Carr

Florida voters mull inviting felons to join their ranks

Compassion | A ballot initiative in November could restore voting rights to some ex-convicts
by Rob Holmes
Posted 2/14/18, 05:07 pm

Florida voters will decide in November whether former felons may join their ranks at the polls. The referendum on proposed Amendment 4 will reveal whether Sunshine State residents are willing to grant free speech, in the form of a vote, to lawbreakers usually seen as undeserving.

Read more

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Faith in action during the Super Bowl

Compassion | Minneapolis churches band together to reach out to the vulnerable in the Super Bowl’s host city
by Rob Holmes
Posted 2/07/18, 03:57 pm

In downtown Minneapolis, a tall, snow-covered sign hints at what happened to the homeless during the Super Bowl on Sunday: They went to church.

As football fans thronged Super Bowl Live events around U.S. Bank Stadium, Westminster Presbyterian Church, a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation, became a refuge for the homeless and vulnerable. The church stands adjacent to the Nicollet Mall shopping district, only blocks away from the stadium.

Its sign beckoned: “Need to warm up? Come on in. Hungry? We have food. Experiencing homelessness? Leave your bag here for the day.” 

Read more