Voter Registration Event in Davenport September 25

voter registration eventScott and Rock Island County voters, Tuesday September 25 is your chance to update your voter registration, pick up an absentee ballot request, send a loved one or new neighbor to register to vote for the first time.  It’s all available Lafeyette Park, Davenport Iowa from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Attend Our Voices, Our Vote, You Matter!


Voting is the Poor’s Best Defense: Voter Registration Event

by John De Taeye, HHS Development Director

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz recent op-ed, “A Day to Celebrate Your Right to Vote,” invites us to update our voter registration information on Tuesday at Lafayette Park in Davenport.

In his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond writes, “Our cities have become unaffordable to our poorest families, and this problem is leaving a deep and jagged scar on our next generation.” The Princeton University Eviction Lab ranks Davenport’s 2016 eviction rate at 2.11 evictions per day — the highest in the state of Iowa and 44th highest in the US.

Remember this number 17 to 1. In Scott County, there are 7,155 households earning $20,000 and less. For every 17 households there is only one affordable home. The absence of a living wage and the shortage of affordable homes is having ominous consequences for the health, education, public safety, and overall well-being of our kids and families. Safe and stable housing for all is an essential foundation from which to build a strong, vibrant region.

Each election, persons with low incomes and experiencing extreme housing instability vote at lower rates than people with higher incomes and housed, despite the fact that many policy decisions directly impact the economically disenfranchised. We can attend rallies, share posts on social media, and even write letters to the editor, but there is no substitute for voting.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz recent op-ed, “A Day to Celebrate Your Right to Vote,” invites us to update our voter registration information on Tuesday at Lafayette Park in Davenport.

In his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond writes, “Our cities have become unaffordable to our poorest families, and this problem is leaving a deep and jagged scar on our next generation.” The Princeton University Eviction Lab ranks Davenport’s 2016 eviction rate at 2.11 evictions per day — the highest in the state of Iowa and 44th highest in the US.

Remember this number: 17 to 1. In Scott County, there are 7,155 households earning $20,000 and less. For every 17 households there is only one affordable home. The absence of a living wage and the shortage of affordable homes is having ominous consequences for the health, education, public safety, and overall well-being of our kids and families. Safe and stable housing for all is an essential foundation from which to build a strong, vibrant region.

Each election, persons with low incomes and experiencing extreme housing instability vote at lower rates than people with higher incomes and housed, despite the fact that many policy decisions directly impact the economically disenfranchised. We can attend rallies, share posts on social media, and even write letters to the editor, but there is no substitute for voting.

Celebrating Ten Years of Humility Shelter

10 years humility shelterThe QC Times articles below tell a story of vision and faith amidst crisis and fear.

In September, 2008 the world’s financial markets were collapsing – – families, small businesses, multi-national corporations lost trillions of dollars. The crisis impacted every aspect of life – – housing, health care, education, transportation, employment. The 2010 US Census reported a record 46.2 million people were living in poverty.

Here locally, at the very same time, John Lewis Community Services was experiencing extreme financial challenges and was facing closure.

At a time of world-wide financial fragility and local uncertainty, Quad City leaders looked to Humility of Mary Housing to assume financial and administrative responsibilities to keep the Shelter’s services and housing programs functioning.

Ten years later – – we honor our individual and collective vision, faith, and commitment to be with the most vulnerable in our community. We mark ten years of uninterrupted, continuous – – and expanding services at the Shelter to meet the housing needs of our community.

Please make plans to stop by the shelter next Friday, September 21, any time between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for an Open House honoring and renewing the commitments made ten years ago.

Global Financial Catastrophe

https://qctimes.com/news/local/radical-rescue-hundreds-of-billions-for-bailout/article_13a31e90-df7d-5932-86fc-0ac0513b6e0b.html

Humility of Mary Shelter

https://qctimes.com/news/local/humility-of-mary-housing-to-take-over-john-lewis-emergency/article_35d01166-0e8a-59d3-883e-83d7882127d3.html

https://qconline.com/news/local/humility-of-mary-will-assume-some-jlcs-services-for-homeless/article_c801bddc-7a79-5fba-9b54-d49cfe2eb6d4.html

Support Technology Upgrades at Humility Homes and Services

contestHumility Homes & Services, Inc. is participating in RK Dixon’s Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest for a chance to receive an office technology makeover. By voting for us, you can help us win! Better office services will help us end homelessness in the Quad Cities.

Click here: RKDixon.com and vote for Humility Homes & Services, Inc. through September 20 at 5 p.m.

We’re listed on the left hand column or search for “Humility.” RKDixon will send you an immediate email confirmation registering your vote.

You can vote once per day per any distinct email address.

Thank you so much for casting your votes to help people who lack homes!

Community Meetings for Quad Cities Fair Housing Study

The Cities of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island are preparing a regional fair housing study. This study, called “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” will discuss patterns of race, housing, and poverty; access to opportunity; and housing barriers in our local Quad Cities area. It’ll also outline strategies the cities may take to improve housing choices for their residents.

The opinions and perceptions of local residents are an important part of this study. To provide input, all residents are invited to attend one of three public meetings and participate in a survey. Meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations, and are open to the general public. Refreshments will be served and children are welcome.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Greater Antioch Baptist Church
    929 14th St
    Rock Island, IL
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Roosevelt Community Center
    1220 Minnie Ave.
    Davenport, IA
  • Thursday, Sept. 20
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    *With Spanish Interpretation*
    Esperanza Center
    335 5th Ave
    Moline, IL 61265

These issues would be relevant to the discussion:

  • What types of housing are available in your community?
  • Does your neighborhood have access to good schools, jobs, transportation, healthcare, and grocery stores?
  • What barriers limit the range of housing option available to you?
  • Do you know what to do if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination?
QCA Fair Housing Study

Information about the Fair Housing Study input sessions–open to the public. Join us and create fair housing in the Quad Cities.

The study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for jurisdictions that receive certain community development and affordable housing grant funds.

 

Fall 2018 Fresh Start Benefit Sale September 28-29

Fall 2018 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Fall 2018 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

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Fall 2018 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Paula Sands LIVE features the Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday, September 21 (KWQC-TV broadcast time 3:00-3:30pm).

All sale proceeds benefit Humility Homes and Services’ participants who get a fresh start to establish loving homes!

Community intervention moves veteran from alley to apartment

alley livingAs we shared earlier this month, the Humility Homes and Services Outreach Team is always reaching out to persons living in precarious housing situations and especially when they are living in “public and private spaces not designed for human beings.”

Here is a story that happened just last week. Thank you to the downtown business person who alerted us to a Veteran living in an alley:

“Sometime in late winter an employee at a local business reached out to me and told me about a woman experiencing homelessness who had been camped out behind a dumpster for some time in a parking lot adjacent to their facility. He and his wife, along with another colleague, had been washing and drying this woman’s blankets, and giving her food. Chris and I paid her a visit, and then several other members of the Outreach Team reached out to her over the months that followed. We learned that she was a vet, and eligible for services that she wasn’t aware of. She visited shelter once, but was resistant to stay. She continued to stay outdoors. Today Kerri is helping her move into her own apartment with the support of the Supportive Services for Veterans Families programs. With the household furnishings donated to our Fresh Start Donation Center, our new participant has been able to choose items to make her apartment her new home!”

Partnerships are key to ending homelessness and creating new opportunities! If you know of anyone living in dangerous situations, please call our Outreach Team on 563.322.8065.

American Medical Association Supports Housing First Policies

ama

The American Medical Association took a strong stand supporting Housing First Policies like those we have in place here at Humility Homes and Services. These policies end chronic homelessness and build more equitable communities by ending racial housing segregation. AMA delegates at the 2018 annual meeting in Chicago adopted the stand.

“It is important that we take steps to improve the health and well-being of people who are facing chronic homelessness, and focusing on housing first may help do that,” said AMA Trustee Ryan J. Ribeira, MD, MPH.

“The AMA remains committed to eliminating health disparities in this country in order to achieve health equity and will continue to push for measures that improve the health of the nation,” Dr. Edwards said.

Among those who exerience homelessness, some health problems are more prevalent than in the general population. More Medicaid patients are visiting the emergency department than ever before because of the growing crisis of poverty, homelessness and decreased number of mental health facilities.

Read their full press release here.

 

Join the Humility Homes and Services CROP Walk Team

Quad Cities CROP Walk

Join our CROP Walk team. Support the local effort to stop world hunger. (Photo: CROP Walk 2017)

The Quad Cities CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 7. Walkers meet in Davenport at the Freight House Farmers’ Market with registration at 1:00 PM. The Walk will begin at 2:00PM.

Humility Homes and Services is sponsoring a team of walkers and will benefit from a portion of the proceeds that walkers and sponsors raise. Support the global movement to fight hunger and access to clean water by clicking here and joining our team:
https://www.crophungerwalk.org/quadcities/Account/Register?teamid=80884

CROP Walk is sponsored annually by Church World Services. Humility Homes and Services receives a percentage of the 25% of funds raised by the walk that will help hungry people in the Quad Cities. Other funding will go to world hunger.

The 6K course–spanning both sides of the Mississippi River–symbolizes the distance that a billion people across the globe must walk every day to access clean water.

Church World Services supports developing communities across the globe in bridging the monumental gaps they face in securing clean water and growing nutritious crops for local use.

Church World Service also provides millions of dollars in relief funds to communities damaged by natural disasters. CWS continues to provide much needed resources to people in Puerto Rico recovering from Hurricane Maria.

To donate to the cause, click HERE.

Hope and Counting Those Experiencing Homelessness

counting homeless

Twice each year, outreach teams fan the city to find people sleeping in places not designed for habitation, such as on this porch of an abandoned Davenport house.

Twice a year, teams of volunteers spread out across the Quad Cities to count people experiencing homelessness that are living on the streets. A separate count is also completed for persons already living in shelters and enrolled in services.

Like the decennial census, federal and state officials use the count to help plan and implement services to benefit the local homeless population. The federal government defines a person as homeless when their “primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.”

On July 26, in the span of two hours, our teams found 22 people living in “public and private spaces not designed for human beings.” Twenty-two people in only two hours is a lot of people.

Finding and Connecting to People with No Address

debris

Debris leads us to encampments.

Counting people experiencing homelessness differs from counting housed persons. Instead of completing a form that arrives in a mailbox, our count takes place in parks, parking lots, stairwells, abandoned buildings, and tents and encampments along creeks and waterways. Using tactics similar to those used in hiking, hunting, fishing, or looking for mushrooms in the early spring, we find people by quietly following trails of bottles and cans, food wrappers, human feces, condoms, expired prescription bottles, and used syringes.

During our interaction, we offer food, drink, a brief conversation, and referral cards. We offer shelter, a hot shower, a bottle of water, a few snacks, and our business cards. Most importantly, we offer a human connection and hope for a different future.

Team members leave each interaction also contemplating hope:

  • “I hope they will be OK.”
  • “I hope they come to the shelter.”
  • “If they come in, I hope we can help them.”
  • “I hope we can find the housing they need.”

And those hope-filled questions linger for weeks and months.

Counting Homeless: Hope for the Future

We are part of a growing community that believes a home is the foundation on which futures are born. We understand homelessness is a reversible circumstance—and not a personal characteristic. And, we understand the federal definition of homelessness falls distressingly short of addressing the solution to the problem—more housing.

There are thousands of Quad Cities residents and millions across the US who are “under-housed,” “near homeless,” and experiencing “housing instability” and “housing poverty.” Our future is interconnected with their futures. Their challenges are our challenges. Their hope has to be our hope.

Until every person has a home, we will continue to look for people in public and private spaces not designed for human living.

Christie Adamson, COO of Humility Homes and Services, Inc.

We appreciate KWQC’s local news coverage of the point-in-time survey: