Solaris, based in the Pacific Northwest, performed at the Parliament of World Religions in October in Salt Lake City, and was invited to Sacramento by the Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California. They gave the gift of music to the Safeground homeless camp in the social hall at St. John’s Lutheran Church, were in concert in the St. John’s sanctuary, opened the Capitol Rotunda holiday music season, and spent some contemplative time in silence and song in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. A video of their Capitol visit is at www.solarismusic.org
Housing: A legislative priority for 2016:
VETOED: AB 35 would expand California’s low-income housing tax credit, leveraging additional federal housing tax credits and other resources.
STILL PENDING IN 2016: AB 1335 would provide a permanent source of low-income and affordable housing development funds through a fee on property recording (other than home sales).
Bill text, status, analysis, and voting records are at www.leginfo.ca.gov .
Mutual Housing at the Highlands, permanent supportive housing at the former McClellan AFB in North Highlands. Primarily for individuals who have been homeless, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California provides on-site social services. This development received an exceptionally high score from Build it Green.
The Rev. John Simmons Courtyard at LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde Gardens, a LEED certified “green” apartment building with solar electricity, providing permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people in Sun Valley, California.
Help our California neighbors in need! Access state and federal programs and services for financial, food, and employment aid, support for education, and other resources at www.weconnect.net.
ELCA World Hunger
Responding to Christ's call to "Go and do likewise"
ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief and development, education, community organizing and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.