WHEREAS, we, who are members of the Interfaith San Antonio Alliance, join together as religious leaders representing a diversity of creeds and practices in order to make a difference in our city,
WHEREAS, we are united in our belief that all human beings are children of God and are entitled to lives of dignity,
WHEREAS, we affirm that adequate housing is a basic human right,
WHEREAS, we celebrate progress made in addressing this need, we also confess that homelessness and unaffordable housing remain a severe, widespread community blight in San Antonio,
WHEREAS, we acknowledge that homelessness diminishes one’s self-worth and security, that our homeless population is susceptible to physical and mental illness and that they are frequently a target of abuse and victimization,
WHEREAS, we accept our role as faith leaders, being the one force in San Antonio that can bring together all the city’s various parts and people, whatever one’s ethnicity, education, gender, occupation, age, location, politics, or status,
WHEREAS, we accept our critical responsibility in helping provide shelter as a primary human need and in advocating for justice for all inhabitants of the city,
THEREFORE, on this 15th day of November 2019, we commend Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the San Antonio City Council for addressing this issue of homelessness in a bold and generous way with the Mayor’s Housing Policy Framework and encourage them to continue to explore ways to deal with the root causes of homelessness in our community. We also urge our constituents to support the need for affordable housing and to end homelessness in every neighborhood of our beloved city.