“Uniting for Housing Justice”: Our Annual Celebration Dec. 3, 2022!

29 Oct

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In person or live stream, you are warmly invited to our annual celebration “Uniting for Housing Justice,” which will take place this year on Saturday, December 3, from 2:00-4:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena (500 E Colorado Blvd).

Music, refreshments, and inspiring stories of how Making Housing and Community Happen is addressing the housing crisis in Pasadena and beyond through affordable housing.

RVSP at info@makinghousinghappen.org

or register to attend here: http://evite.me/EbuRgkzEpQ

Please show your support the housing justice work of MHCH by clicking here.

You can watch livestream at the time of the event or at your convenience via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHO5JEEntqE

A Sneak Preview..

Stay tuned for the announcement on Dec. 3rdjohn kennedy of the John J. Kennedy Legacy Affordable Housing Rock Star Award! 

Two of this year’s honorees :Jess Rivas

Brendan Poon

Councilmember Jess Rivas for her strong support for affordable housing and rent control, and our intern, Brendan Poon, a junior at Polytechnic High School. Brendan has shown extraordinary commitment and leadership with Pasadena’s rent control campaign and recently published an op ed in Colorado Boulevard.  Jess and Brendan are truly affordable housing rock stars!

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Let’s Celebrate!

As we complete our fourth year as a nonprofit, we have much to celebrate in 2022:

¨ Launching the San Gabriel Valley Community Land Trust as a separate nonprofit.

¨ Rezoning religious land for affordable housing in Pasadena, Sierra Madre and Yorba Linda.

¨ 69 congregations in So Cal are now seeking our advisement to have affordable housing built on their underutilized land

¨ Two successful One-Day Housing Justice Institutes, in Bellflower and Arcadia

¨ People living in their cars getting housed.

Big goals for 2023:

¨ We are seeking to pass a bill that would rezone religious land statewide for affordable housing (similar to a bill that passed in Washington state).

¨ Have least three Housing Justice Institutes to foster housing justice teams in other cities.

¨ Host two “cohorts” for churches interested in affordable housing—one in Southern CA and one in Northern CA—to help congregations discern their readiness to move forward with our advisement.

¨ By the mid 2024 have congregations we are advising plan for 1,000 units of affordable housing!

And more.. stay tuned!

Our goal is not only to ensure that affordable housing gets built, but also to build what Dr. King calls the Beloved Community. That’s why we call our nonprofit “Making Housing and Community Happen.” “Uniting for Housing Justice”—the theme of this year’s celebration, lifts up the community and partners we work with, such as LA Voice, the Pasadena Tenants Union, Foothill Unity Center, the Clergy Community Coalition, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Pasadena Affordable Housing Coalition, and more. Together we are uniting for housing justice and making a real difference!

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