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Fair Housing: Opening Doors to Opportunity: First Thursday Series March 5


TOLEDO: Sarah Jenkins of The Fair Housing Center will discuss Fair Housing: Opening Doors to Opportunity in the First Thursday lunch series March 5, 2020 at noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


Ms. Jenkins is Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement at The Fair Housing Center, serving on numerous committees and coalitions focused on expanding opportunities for traditionally under-served populations. She also leads The Fair Housing Center’s public policy and advocacy activities, joining community partners on efforts including legislation for lead-safe housing and source of income protection; housing provider policies related to reentry; and zoning regulations that restrict recovery housing.


Ms. Jenkins’ presentation will provide an overview of fair housing rights and responsibilities which help protect people from housing discrimination to ensure all residents have fair and equal access to housing of their choice, whether they are renting or buying. She will give a brief history of the fair housing movement, offer examples of discriminatory practices, and illustrate the ways our life outcomes and access to opportunity are determined by where we live.


The First Thursday series is the result of a partnership between the Social Justice Subcommittee of the Toledo Chapter of U.S. Catholic Priests and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


According to St. Paul Pastor Pete Bowmer, “All people of all faiths need to go beyond ourselves, opening our minds and hearts to the pain and suffering caused by our discriminatory housing policies. We need to get together to look at critical issues like this in our community through the lens of social justice and the common good.” The theme of the series is “Culture at the Crossroads: Critical Issues of Our Time.


“Our community must look at the ways we allow our neighbors to live in unsafe homes or to have no home at all. We must take action to ensure that equitable access to decent housing is available and open to all. This presentation by Sarah Jenkins will give us important insights on what’s being done in Toledo to enhance the quality of life for all of us who live here,” said Fr. John Blaser of the AUSCP.


The event includes a simple soup-and-salad lunch at noon followed by the presentation and Q&A discussion. First Thursday lunches take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604. RSVP to FirstThursdayToledo@gmail.com. Cost is $15 for lunch, presentation (cash or check at the door), and parking in the Kwik lot adjacent to the church. Financial assistance is available for those in need.


The remaining event in the 2019-2020 series is April 2, 2020, when Bob Lynn of the Jobs with Justice & Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition will present Justice Issues in the 2020 Election. The 2020-2021 series will begin in October.




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