Thursday, February 24, 2011

March 1: H.O.P.E. for the Homeless :: Mobilization at City Council

March 1: H.O.P.E. for the Homeless :: Mobilization at City Council

For the past year the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center has been working with the policy and planning committee for the MAYORS’ Plan to End Homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. At the core of all of the policy and programs within is an embrace of HOUSING FIRST principles and models and a shift towards rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing for the unsheltered. This has been a entirely data driven process, identifying best practices from cities... all over the country and customizing them for maximum positive effect here in Memphis.

You can download a full copy of the report here
This is the single most significant series of reforms for area homeless in modern history…. but…without your help and support, it’s just pretty words on paper.

On Tuesday, March 1st the Memphis City Council will be formally presented with this plan for approval and we need each and every one of you to join us in council chambers as we raise our voices in support of these badly needed reforms. Funding for these reforms will require some local funding from Memphis and Shelby County government, to augment existing federal and foundation dollars to be a full success. It should be noted that we could accomplish all of the goals of this plan for less than one percent of the annual operating budget of the city. These reforms will also save City and County tax dollars via decreased emergency medical cost to the MED, decreased calls to Memphis Fire and Police services and fewer 911 emergency calls in extreme weather, all of which accounts for tens of millions of dollars in government spending every year. Funding this plan is not simply the moral thing to do but it’s also in all of our long-term fiscal best interests as a community. Join us as we mobilize to support real positive change here in Memphis.

Mobilization in support for H.O.P.E. at City Council
Time: Tuesday, March 1st, 3:30pm
Location: City Council Chamber, 125 North Main Street

If you have any questions please contact Brad Watkins at


Friday, February 04, 2011

Your Neighborhood, Your Voice :: Join the Alliance on February 16th


Sadly, may of our neighborhood are grappling with serious and long standing problems such as blight, fires, home foreclosure lack of employment and affordable housing opportunities. To properly address these issues in all of our neighborhoods we as one community must organize and collaborate around common interests. That is why the Peace and Justice Center is inviting each of your neighborhood associations, civic clubs and community groups or another representative from your community to a brief meeting on Weds Feb 16th here at the offices of the Peace and Justice center at 1000 South Cooper at 6pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to connect the work each of us is doing and to seek mutually beneficial solutions and opportunities for action so that we can collectively advocate on behalf of all our communities. Our goal is that these early meetings could be the start of a new Alliance of Neighborhoods filling the void left behind when the Center for Neighborhoods was absorbed by the City of Memphis. This alliance as an independent member driven body will serve as a vehicle for collective community action on issues that effect us all.

We look forward in working in solidarity to address all of our community’s challenges. And hope to see you on Weds Feb 16th.

If you have any questions please contact alliance organizer Brad Watkins at