We just tagged a lot of Political Campaigns in Savannah, GA & the Media too on Facebook today!
Our reason for bringing this to the Campaigns:
This Advocacy seeks to bring this to the candidates & have them address their plans to hold us as a community & the agencies tasked with ending homelessness accountable for the OUTCOMES being produced & the community engagement produced by current & on-the-table efforts underway to perform their mission.
We saw this Editorial referenced on a Facebook post by the 100,000 Homes Campaign & just had to bring it to Savannah!
Please take a look at the Editorial in the Pensacola News Journal. It is an Interfaith effort which shouldn’t surprise anyone! Here are a few quotes from the Editorial:
Of that group, Kaufman said, up to 10 percent are veterans.
But while those are unpleasant statistics, they also provide some of the answers. There are many programs to help the homeless; in fact, there are so many that using them effectively can require the help of experts who know how to bring it all together.
This is the kind of action we need to solve the homeless problem, not looking the other way and hoping it solves itself. It won’t.
Here are the tagged posts & comments on Facebook we made today:
To all involved in the current political campaigns, is this an issue you’ll address if you are elected? Are you willing to cover this in the media as a part of this years election process? Let’s get talking! These are the types of solutions, innovation & creativity needed to end homelessness! Engage with us for the solution: Elect Ellis Cook, Elect Russ Sill, Elect Ruel Joyner-Savannah First District Alderman, Floyd Adams, United Way of the Coastal Empire,Savannah Morning News, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce,Jeff Felser for Savannah Mayor, Ellis Cook for Savannah Mayor, Regina Thomas, Edna Jackson for Mayor of Savannah – more tags to follow….
To be fair we also tagged Regina Thomas for Mayor’s profile too!
To more of the media:
To all involved in the current political campaigns, is this an issue they’ll address if they are elected? Are you willing to cover this in the media as a part of this years election process? Let’s get talking! These are the types of solutions, innovation & creativity needed to end homelessness! Engage with us for the solution – make it an issue in the campaigns: Wjcl Thecoastalsource, WJCL FOX28 The Coastal Source, WJCL’s The Morning Show, WTOC Mid-Morning Live, WSAV News 3 On Your Side, WSAV Meredith Ley We’ve tagged a majority of the candidates so here’s your tag! You’re IT!
The Faith Community CAN make a difference in ending homelessness. They are often tagged with the result of their efforts as making homelessness “comfortable” & allowing folks they serve to stay homeless but feel the Love they show, under the hopes that change will occur, homeless people will be saved & all will be better for them.
That happens but ministries to the homeless accomplish a lot more than that many times & the whole “Street Ministries” efforts underway in Savannah must also be supported when they are doing good & in fact have desires to end homelessness in the people they serve, not just make the homeless more “comfortable”.
It turns out there are those at the State level, referenced in the Facebook tagging too, who are pushing communities in the State to implement a 100K Homes program locally.
The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness is also extremely interested in escalating Women & Children’s (Family) Homelessness in Georgia too! Georgia ranked 49th out of 50 states in 2009 in our ability, capacity & desire to address the growing issue of Family & Children’s Homelessness. Work is underway in Georgia to change that with a funded report with recommendations! You should all take a look at that issue too!
While we could write forever about all these issues around ending homelessness in Savannah we choose to bring to you this single issue of creating a collaborative solution to ending homelessness in this most critical, chronic area of homelessness FIRST in Savannah before we tackle all the other issues.
However, let it be known that there is a lot more that could be done with the Faith Community here in Savannah & work is under way on that front, albeit based on issues that are not the solution to ending homelessness, which MUST be the focus of our efforts at ALL times!