Looking at a new model for Housing the Homeless in Savannah (with a focus from the faith community equal to the Moore OK response)! | Larry Rice Offers Land to St. Louis County for Homeless Shelter « CBS St. Louis

We’re pretty sure this isn’t the first example of the faith community engaging with a government to fulfill its desires to move ahead on some stalled plans (for building new shelters) for housing the homeless, but it serves as a great starting point for our discussions in Savannah!

Note: We are NOT advocating for more emergency shelters in Savannah, from the City or any other provider of homeless services!

We ARE advocating for Housing First model solutions, just now treating them as an emergency relief situation & an elevated crisis of the highest proportion, equal to a disaster recovery model for providing housing, now for the homeless who have been without attention & focus for way too long!

We have a new approach we’re researching for the housing itself (beyond container housing & on to something that’s meant to address emergency relief)!

We are particularly interested in this post as it brings us to a questions of focus within our faith community as well:

Can we apply the same level of  focus for relief efforts that we applied to the Moore OK crisis to our languishing homeless issues in this community & the nation!

Read on about the St Louis project & its birth! Then join us below as we expand the idea for Savannah!

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – Homeless advocate Rev. Larry Rice says he is willing to donate two vacant lots of property in north St. Louis County if the administration of County Executive Charlie Dooley will turn them into a homeless shelter.

So here’s some more info on the proposal:

The Dooley administration promised a new shelter last August but says it can’t find a spot for it.

“We’re making this available to them, all they have to do is agree that they will open the shelter that was promised last August,” Rice said.

And look, seemingly no NIMBY issues have surfaced at publication date:

Rice says he has spoken with residents who live near the lots and most are open to the idea but there are some who have reservations.

We have often treated a housing project as a major effort, requiring land acquisition & grandiose funding requirements (particularly for affordable housing)!

Well, now we propose taking a step back as those plans develop (Note: Housing First Savannah & its plans for container housing is NOT dead) & taking an emergency relief model for Savannah!

You see, it is an emergency that we have summer approaching, a bad time for living outdoors in Savannah & we don’t view it as a crisis, yet!

We seek to find churches, religious denominational groups, non-denominational churches & any faith group who wants to engage to take their own individual responsibility to provide for the needy, poor & yes, homeless a step further!

Contact us here for further info:

via Larry Rice Offers Land to St. Louis County for Homeless Shelter « CBS St. Louis.

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1 Response to Looking at a new model for Housing the Homeless in Savannah (with a focus from the faith community equal to the Moore OK response)! | Larry Rice Offers Land to St. Louis County for Homeless Shelter « CBS St. Louis

  1. Reblogged this on Inter-Faith Community Comes Together, Homelessness and commented:

    Are you ready to see if the faith community can match their efforts to respond to the emergency relief efforts in Moore OK & apply that intensity to ending homelessness in our own community?

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