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From Homelessness to Hope: Constructing Just, Sustainable Communities for All God’s People (2008)

As Presbyterians, led from worship into the world, we are guided by Scripture and act out our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. In this time we are called to respond to the crisis of homelessness and affordable housing which, despite many programs and approaches aimed at ending homelessness, is still with us. Nevertheless, it is?at last becoming clear what is needed. Each person or family experiencing homelessness (1) must be treated with dignity and respect and offered hospitality and welcome to permanent housing, and (2) must have access to the necessary resources and services to enable them to meet their needs and be able to maintain housing. The path from homelessness to hope is challenging, but the church is called to respond to this crisis with all its resources – people, property, influence, advocacy, energy and nuances – as it works to construct just, sustainable communities for all God’s people.