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Social Justice with Politically Diverse Communities (Midtown Manhattan)

  • March 16, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Church, 7 W. 55th St, NY, NY


  • The fee of $15 will help cover the cost of the lunch and materials.

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Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church 

7 W. 55th Street

New York, New York 

Date:  Friday, March 16, 2018

Location:  Fifth Presbyterian Church, 7 W. 55th Street,    MAP

Time:  10am – 3:00pm

Cost:  Seminar fee $15 (cover meals and conference materials)

Sponsors:  New York State Council of Churches, Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, Broadway Presbyterian Church, Strong Economy for All, Fiscal Policy Institute,Citizens Action, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, Social Holiness Team, Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, Hunger Action Network of NYS, Faith and Hunger Network,Interfaith Impact, and the Justice Ministries Committee-Presbytery of New York City.

 Host Pastor:   The Rev. Kate Dunn, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care & Outreach

Overview of the Day:

Earlier this month, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosted a Town Hall meeting about the plans by Westhab, one of New York’s pre-eminent supportive and affordable housing providers,  to open a "Rapid Re-Housing Job Ready Transitional Housing Facility" on West 58th street in Mid-April for 150 working or job-ready men as part of the City's plan to replace the worst and most expensive of the City's shelter system with state of the art full service facilities as detailed in "Turning the Tide on Homelessness".  

Many in the audience offered remarks in support of the project, some expressing a desire to make this a "model program" but many others spoke about safety concerns and a potentially negative impact on local businesses and the community's quality of life.

This seminar will be look at how to reconcile our progressive ideals about hospitality to the stranger with the concrete reality of siting housing and shelters in our neighborhoods. We will explore strategies and frameworks for addressing NIMBY (Not in my backyard) which is a common occurrence in communities in every part of New York and particularly prevalent in New York City as they place shelters. In addition, we will also have a review our state and federal budgets to see how they can give higher priority to providing for people’s needs including affordable housing. 

    Speakers will include:

    The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches,  Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and HousingClergy, Local Government Officials and Housing Advocates.

    Cost:  Seminar Fee $15 (cover meals and conference materials)

    Kindly register for this event prior to Tuesday, March 13th

    Please email any questions to PNTEHSTAFF@GMAIL.COM


    Registration will begin at 9:45am - Coffee/Tea will be available

    Lunch (provided with paid registration) will be between 12:00 and 12:45 (Please indicate any food allergies or restrictions)

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