Assembly Wrap-up and Next Steps: Tiny Houses
Co-chairs Pastors Aimee Bruno, King of Kings Lutheran, and Jesse Christopherson, Milwaukie Lutheran, addressing the 100+ crowd
Over 100 Clackamas County leaders – the majority from faith communities – attended a MACG Housing Assembly on August 3rd at Milwaukie Lutheran Church. The focus of the event was to learn about the county’s growing housing crisis, and one particular strategy for addressing homelessness that could involve congregations.
The program began with a powerful personal story of homelessness by a woman who lost her ability to work and her home of 20 years following a serious car accident.
In one-to-one meetings, participants also shared their own and family and friends’ stories of housing instability and the overall economic stress of this time.
Vahid Brown, Clackamas County Housing Policy Coordinator, spoke about Tiny Houses as a concept that has shown promise in the Eugene/Springfield area, and the possibility of identifying sites on congregation-owned property for placing the houses. Brown suggested that the creation and placement of Tiny Houses, individually or in clusters, could be part of the needed multi-faceted approach to affordable housing locally.
Assembly Co-Chairs Pastors Aimee Bruno, King of Kings Lutheran, and Jesse Christopherson, Milwaukie Lutheran, challenged participants to return for an in-depth presentation and discussion on what would be involved in moving forward with such a project, and to consider dedicating a portion of their property for this use.
The meeting - "Tiny Houses & the Role of Faith Communities in the Housing Crisis" will be Thursday, September 8th, 7-9 pm, at Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222. All are welcome.
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