Opening Doors to Opportunity:
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.
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,
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.