After the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Jeremiah Group leaders found new focus as they heard stories about rent doubling and tripling in the recovering city. When leaders discovered that renters had been all but forgotten in the rebuilding process, they crafted a plan: "soft second mortgages" designed to help families with low incomes transform themselves from renters into buyers.Read more
Most Rev. Daniel Flores
Bishop, Brownsville Catholic Diocese
"I applaud the work in helping bring water to over 160 thousand people across the Valley, increasing wages for public sector workers to alleviate poverty, working with thousands of residents in acquiring their citizenship, improving learning environments in and around our public schools and the list continues with 28 years of victories..."Read more
Leaders from the Worker's Defense Project, a member institution of Austin Interfaith, successfully lobbied city council members to pass a resolution that will protect and train workers on all city-owned construction sites, whether or not a third-party is the developer. Until now, city contracts did not require safety trainings where third parties developed city-owned property. The resolution also requires that a safety supervisor with 30 hours of training be present at construction sites.Read more
"Since the beginning of this year, parishioners at St. Madeleine Church in Pomona have worked with fellow members of the community-based One L.A. to oppose the proposed Ninth Street Pomona Valley Waste Transfer Station. On Aug. 13, about 50 people,” comprised primarily of St. Madeline parishioners along with representatives from other local Christian churches and the Association of Pomona Teachers, "hit the sidewalks to rally support for their cause..."
St. Madeleine Rallies Against Pomona Waste Transfer Station, The Tidings: Southern California's Catholic WeeklyRead more
AMOS recently pushed through state legislation to increase funding for workforce development. Pathways to College Education (PACE) provides community college funding for people who are low income, cannot qualify for Pell grants and are interested in pursuing careers in Iowa where there's a shortage of workers (i.e. welders, machinists, tool and die makers, CNA's, etc.). PACE has passed the House and Senate and is awaiting signature from the Governor. The bill would provide $5 million for the state's community colleges.
Local Organization Seeks Action on Public Defender's Office, Del Rio News HeraldRead more
"Jeremiah Group, which pushed the state to dedicate the money for the new program out of the failed Road Home rental recovery program, deserves credit for ...pushing the administration to deliver on the idea."Read more