On October 22, 2020 ISAA hosted CoSA Interim Affordable Housing Director Sara Wamsley and CoSA Housing Commissioner Dr. Paul Furukawa to address the extraordinary increase in rental assistance needs during COVID-19. Sara shared a wealth of helpful information that can be found at this link. ISAA.EvictionsAndEHAP.10.22.2020
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San Antonio’s Housing Policy Framework
“The Housing Vaccine for Healthier Communities”
“Housing’s Effect on Child Development”
San Antonio’s Legacy of Racial and Economic Segregation – A video lecture by Dr. Christine Drennon
San Antonio Study: Income, Housing Inequality Drivers Behind Local Health Outcomes
Jewish Textual Resources on Homelessness, Affordable Housing and Gentrification- Rabbi David Komerofsky
“Ten Strategies to End Chronic Homelessness” – United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Social Justice Resource Center – An American Catholic resource addressing such issues as economic justice, environment, gun violence, health care, human trafficking, and hunger
“Teaching Tolerance” – A Resource for Educators
“Why Can’t Everyone Have a Home?”
“The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods” – Peter Block & John McKnight
Burchell, Robert; Downs, Anthony. Sprawl Costs: Economic Impacts of Unchecked Development. Island Press, 2005.
Chakrabarti, Vishaan. A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. Metropolis Book, 2013.
Crandall, George. Fixing Your City: Creating Thriving Neighborhoods and Adapting to a Changing World. Fuller Press, 2019.
Katz, Bruce; Nowak, Jeremy. The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism. The Brookings Institution, 2017.
Sennett, Richard. Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Sharkey, Patrick. Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality. University of Oregon Press, 2013.
The Urban Displacement Project
Managing Gentrification – Urban Land Institute, 2006
An Open Letter to TEXAS’ Governor and Legislature
The horrors of Uvalde remind us that someone is killed with a gun every two hours in Texas. (https://giffords.org/lawcenter/gun-violence-statistics/#state-texas) How do we pass comprehensive gun safety legislation when one side sees the answer as fewer guns and the other as...Read more
Update on ISAA Commitment to Afghan Refugees
From the Director’s Desk… Our lunch gathering at the Raindrop Turkish House (with many thanks to ISAA Board Member Mehmet Oguz and others for graciously hosting) gave you the opportunity to learn about ISAA’s partnership with Culturingua in establishing...Read more
COVID Vaccine: SA Faith Leaders to build Community Confidence
COVID Vaccine: SA Faith Leaders to build Community Confidence (as of December 17, 2020) INTRODUCTION Archbishop Garcia-Siller, other faith leaders and local bishops (~70 clergy) are stepping forward to publicize their taking of the vaccine via local and social...Read more
What’s Your Faith in Humanity Quotient?
Imagine showing up to a party knowing you might just be joining 100 strangers for a chat. Now add to this social anxiety extravaganza a requirement that you talk with these strangers about subjects as personal as the election...Read more
SA’s Housing Policy Framework – An Update
August 2020 Interfaith San Antonio Alliance has offered faithful public support for the work of San Antonio’s Housing Policy Framework. In 2018 we were asked by Housing Policy Task Force Chair Lourdes Castro Ramirez to help “ensure accountability to the...Read more
Laurel Heights UMC’s COVID Response
Grace Notes and Possibilities 1. Project Background and Description Rev. Paul Escamilla, pastor of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church of San Antonio, TX determined to lean into living co-COVID instead of being ‘on hold’ until the pandemic passed. He...Read more
San Antonio Virtual Prayer Vigil
INTERFAITH PRAYER FOR 2020, TO BE SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA DAILY #SATXPrays Sign up and join your voice on the day of your choice. https://signup.com/go/REWXWEu Greetings San Antonio (please introduce yourself including your congregation &/or faith tradition). Today I...Read more