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Affordable Housing , Community Development , Homelessness , Supportive Housing

Faith Groups Plan Event Around Housing in Connecticut

24 September 2013

Aida Mansoor is the President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.

“What does “home” mean to you?” and “Why are some people in Connecticut homeless?” These are just a couple of questions that will be asked and discussed at a Sept. 30 event that will be lead by diverse people of faith and folks from Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. The event is part of an initiative to draw attention to the House of Faith, a home that is being built at 271 Laurel Street in Hartford by diverse faith communities in Connecticut.

As a Connecticut Muslim, I am honored to be involved in such a venture. I feel that this is a way we can be part of the solution - we can get to meet people of different faiths and do something meaningful – together! Building homes and encouraging affordable housing is so vital and working with this House of Faith event planning team which includes people of many faith organizations, has been a tremendous eye opener for me.

In the past few years we as people of faith have had gatherings linked to our builds with Habitat. The purpose was to learn a little about one another’s faith, but this year we wanted to take it further. We wanted to also gain awareness and start equipping ourselves as a faith community to make a stand toward ending homelessness. Being informed about the facts is the first step. Awareness is key if we are going to make a difference in our community. 

As we sit around the table discussing plans for the event ahead, I am made aware of the shocking statistics of my Connecticut community. In its most recent annual Point In Time survey of people who are homeless, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness found 4,506 people are homeless in Connecticut, and far too many of those were children. I never knew that. Is this the Connecticut I live in? Being aware of the condition of those around me and doing something about it is part of my faith. What can we do?

Please join us for the first of three events where we will be discussing “What is a home?” and what we can do to combat homelessness as a community. We hope that this will be an event that will engage us towards taking action and making a difference.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the House of Faith will be at 4:30 p.m. on September 30 at the site at 271 Laurel Street in Hartford. The ceremony will be followed by the “What is a home?” event at 5:30 pm at Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street,  Hartford.

Aida Mansoor is the President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.

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