LMM Pays Tribute to The Conscience of Congress & The Lieutenant of the Civil Rights Movement
|Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian
This week, the world lost two giants in the fight for equal rights. Congressman John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian dedicated their careers to fighting for civil rights and civic change. LMM respectfully pays tribute to their leadership. Click here to read the tribute.
A Push Towards Justice
In response to the murder of George Floyd, and the
that followed, LMM has invited leaders
civil rights movements
past and present
to reflect on this moment in history.
This month, we are featuring a reflection by Rev. George Hrbek, a founding father of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, former LMM Director of Advocacy, the first ombudsman of Cuyahoga County and a lifelong activist for people who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting. Click here to read Rev. Hrbek's reflection.
Census Weekend of Action
Rent Relief, Now!
According to the
Federal Reserve of Cleveland
, evictions are beginning to return to their pre-pandemic rates. This means, more families
a disproportionate number who are Black or
are at risk of losing
homes at a time when housing truly is health care.
On Tuesday, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition hosted a
virtual lobby day
to ask Members of Congress to support several housing and shelter advocacy priorities in the next federal COVID-19 relief legislation
aimed at promoting housing stability
. LMM's Director of Advocacy, Margie Glick, participated in a zoom meeting with Rep. Anthony Gonzales and corresponded with staff in offices of Senator Portman and Representatives Fudge and Kaptur.
Want to add your voice to the conversation? Use this
link to email or call
your member of Congress and demand Rent Relief, Now
and then share
USICH Request for Input
On July 10, 2020
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
to the United States Interagency
on Homelessness (USICH) to help shape the agency's upcoming strategic plan. USICH coordinates the federal response to homelessness by working in close partnership with senior leadership from 19 federal member agencies. USICH drives action at the local level by working with governors, mayors and Continuum of Cares leaders, and through sharing best practices and grant opportunities.
Bipartisan Legislation Alert
We are happy to share that
Neighborhood Homes Investment Act
, and Senator
co-sponsor. This legislation
calls for the creation of a new federal tax credit that
would encourage private investment in homes that cannot be developed or rehabilitated because the costs to do so exceed the home's value.
LMM is one more than 4,000 organizations from all 50 states to sign on to a
to Congressional leadership asking Congress to include key provisions that support nonprofit organizations in the next federal relief package. This letter, led by the Council of Nonprofits and circulated to LMM by Lutheran Services of America, asks that Congress support frontline workers through the expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program and by strengthening charitable giving incentives.
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