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Faith Leaders for House Our Future NY

February 28, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio City Hall New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor De Blasio,

As you well know, New York City is in the midst of the worst homelessness crisis since the Great Depression, with more than 63,000 people including 22,000 children sleeping in shelters each night. In order to match the unprecedented need, the City must employ every available affordable housing resource. While we recognize and commend you and your administration for all your efforts to address the crisis, we must call on you to do even more. We are writing to urge you to align your historic Housing New York 2.0 plan with the reality of record homelessness by immediately increasing the total number of housing units created for homeless households to 30,000 10 percent of your overall 300,000-unit plan with 24,000 of those units to be created through new construction.

As people of many of the faiths that help make our city one of the greatest on the face of the earth, we are united in one call grounded in our faith traditions that demands that we stand with those who are suffering. We stand together to ask that you go beyond what is comfortable and do what is difficult. The daily suffering of our more than 63,000 sisters and brothers, parents and children demands no less!

We are proud to join the House Our Future NY campaign, the Coalition for the Homeless, more than 60 other partner organizations, homeless men, women and children and other caring New Yorkers in urging you to commit to 30,000 new units of affordable, permanent housing (24,000 to be created through new construction) for homeless New Yorkers by 2026.

We thank you for your service and commitment to the people of New York and wish you Gods strength and guidance for the difficult but crucial work ahead.

In Faith,

Reverend James Addison, Team Member & Operations Manager, Life Experience and Faith Sharing Associates, New York Imam Ahmet M. Atlig, Director, North American Islamic Community Center, New York Reverend R. Anne Auchincloss, Retired Deacon, Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York Mr. Kirk Barrell, President, Emmaus House, Harlem, New York Deacon Dennis Barton, Middle Collegiate Church, New York Shaikh T A Bashir, CEO, House of Peace, New York Mr. John Benfatti, Shelter Coordinator, Riverdale Ethical Culture Society, Riverdale, Bronx Reverend Lindsay Borden, Pastor, Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Bishop, Dr. Raymond Rufen-Blanchette, President, The Clergy Campaign for Social & Economic Justice, Brooklyn Rabbi Steven Blane, founder, The Union of Jewish Universalist Communities, Rabbi, Congregation Sin Shalom Reverend, Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Chairman, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, New York Reverend Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of New York Rabbi Fryer Bodzin, Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader, Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens Reverend Karyn Carlo, PHD, Educator, American Baptist Churches, Queens Reverend Seamus Campbell, Pastor, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York Sister Nancy Chiarello, Assistant Administrator, The Dwelling Place, New York Gerald Chisholm, Congregational leader, Bronx Christian Charismatic Prayer Fellowship Inc., Bronx Ms. Wilda Colon, Seminarian, St. Philip's Baptist Church, New York Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches, Albany Reverend Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary, New York Reverend Karen Davis-Lawson, Rector, St. George Episcopal Church, Astoria Sister Carol De Angelo, Director, Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of Charity of NY, Bronx Reverend Emily De Tar Bint, Minister, Unitarian Church of Staten Island Ms. Mary Dugan, Peace and Justice task force, Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York Reverend John Duffell, Pastor. Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New York Ms. Gretchen Walher Dumler, Committee Member, Church of the Ascension, New York Mr. Matthew Dunbar, Vice President, External Affairs, Habitat for Humanity, NYC, New York Reverend Kate Dunn, Associate Pastor, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York Reverend David Dyson, Pastor Emeritus, Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Ms. Eleanor Evans, Minister, Parish Ministry, The Riverside Church, New York Chaplain, Kim Eliano, Second Baptist Church, Mineola Reverend, Mark Erson, Pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, New York Reverend Jim Fairbanks, Editor, Saving Justice Newsletter, Bronx Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, New York Reverend, Dr. Mary Foulke, Rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem, New York Reverend Kyndra Frazier, Executive Director, Hope Center, First Corinthians Church, Harlem, NY Sister Mary Kay Finneran, NYC shelter volunteer, retired, Sisters of St. Joseph, Bronx Reverend, Dr. Robert Foltz-Morrison, Executive Presbytery, Presbytery of New York City Sister Eileen Gannon, Leadership Team Member, Dominican Sisters, Sparkill Reverend Rafael Garcia, Pastor, United Methodist Church, Staten Island Reverend Sam Ghiggeri, Interfaith Minister, Congregation Member, Trinity Church Wall Street, New York Reverend Joel Gibson, Executive Director, Micah Institute, New York Ms. Vera Gill, RN, Health Ministry Leader, Staten Island Seventh Day Adventist Church Ms. Lucille Goeres, Mentor, Panim El Panim Life-Skills Program, New York Mr. Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, New York Mr. Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director, New York Disaster Interfaith Services Reverend Dr. Gwendolyn Hadley-Hall, Associate Pastor, Christ United Baptist Church, Brooklyn Pastor Martin Hauser, Pastor, Grace & St. Paul's Church Lutheran Church, New York Ms. Beth Hermdin, Community Minister, Judson Memorial Church, New York Ms. Chelsea Horvath, Director of Community Ministries, All Angels Episcopal Church, New York Rabbi Michael Howald, Temple Israel Reform Congregation, Staten Island Mr. Lawrence Hui, Volunteer Coordinator, Rutgers Presbyterian Church Shelter, New York Reverend Karen Jackson, Director of Recovery and Community Initiatives, Project Hospitality, Staten Island Reverend Russ Jennings, Producer, Love in a dangerous Time Podcast, New York Reverend Laura Jervis, Parish Associate, Pastor, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York Pastor Alonzo Jordon, Chaplain, AACEO, FREEPORT Ms. Michelle Kahn, Executive Director, Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, New York Reverend Charles King, CEO, Housing Works, New York Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Clergy Leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York Dr. Richard L. Koral, Clergy Leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture Reverend Mark Koenig, Advocate for Justice Ministries, Presbytery of New York City, New York

Imam Souleimane Konate, Masjid Aqsa Mosque, New York Reverend, Dr. Clyde Kuemmerle, Executive Director, Ecclesia Ministries of New York Reverend Gloria Lavine, Church Administrator, Staten Island Council of Churches Reverend N.J. “Skip” L’Heureux, Executive Director Emeritus, Queens Federation of Churches Reverend, Dr. Sally MacNichol, Co-Executive Director, Connect NYC, New York Reverend Patricia Malcolm, President, Churches United to Save and Heal, New York Rabbi Marc Margolius, Senior Program Director, Institute of Jewish Spirituality, New York Reverend Zac Martin. Pastor/Organizer, Trinity Grace Church, New York Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York Reverend Elizabeth Maxwell, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, New York Ms. Mia M. McClain, Director, Children's Ministries, Fort Washington collegiate Church, New York Imam Khabir John McGeehan, Dergah Al Farah, New York Ms. Susan Mendoza, Executive Director, Moravian Open Door, New York Reverend Christopher Mietlowski, Pastor, Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York Father Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM, Executive Director, St. Francis Friends of the Poor, New York Pastor Lynn Min, Counselor, Staten Island LMHC Reverend Brian Moll, Executive Director, Rescue Alliance, New York Reverend Hugo Monroy, Pastor, La Segunda Iglesia Cristiana (2nd Christian Church), Bronx Reverend Eric Mull, Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran by the Sea, Long Beach Reverend Heidi Neumark, Pastor, Executive Director, Trinity Lutheran Church/Trinity Place Shelter, New York Reverend James Oseikofi, Associate Pastor, Bethesda Healing Center, Brooklyn Reverend, Dr. Martha Rollins Overall, Priest, St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Bronx Ms. Rosemary Pace, Director, Pax Christi Metro New York Ms. Linda Rousseau, Co-Chair, Peace and Justice Task Force, Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York Rabbi Shuli Passow, Director of Community Engagement, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York Reverend Nigel Pearce, Senior Pastor, Grace Congregational Church, New York Reverend Stephen Phelps, Minister, Presbytery of New York City, New York Cantor Ayelet Porzecanski, Cantor, West End Synagogue, New York Reverend Kenneth L. Radcliffe, Deacon Parish of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, New York Mr. Scott Ramsdell, Board President, Emergency Shelter Network, New York Reverend Thia Reggio, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Astoria Reverend Ray Rivera, Founder and President, Latino Pastoral Action Center, Bronx Reverend Matt Schaeffer, Pastor, Bethel United Methodist Church, Staten Island Reverend Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church, New York Mr. John Sheehan, Director, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Homeless Outreach Program, New York Reverend Chris Shelton, Pastor, Broadway Presbyterian Church, New York Reverend Bill Shillady, Executive Director, United Methodist City Society, New York Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Senior Rabbi, East End Temple, New York Dr. Diane Steinman, Executive Director, Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, Forest Hills Reverend Cynthia Stravers, Associate Rector, Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York Mr. Michael Strong, Founder/Director, Strong Families Deliverance Ministries, Bronx Rabbi Felicia Sol, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York Reverend, Marie A. Tatro, Vicar for Community Justice Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Brooklyn Guru Dileepkumar Thankappan, President, International Gurukula Community, New York Reverend Adriene Thorne, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Reverend Terry Troia, Executive Director, Project Hospitality, Staten Island Ms. Sunita Viswanath, Co-Founder, Sadhana - Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Queens Reverend Schuyler Vogel, Senior Minister, Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York Mr. Hemant Wadhwani, Board Member, Hindu American Seva, New York Reverend Julius Walls. Jr., Pastor, Greater Hood AME Zion Church, New York Sister Susan Wilcox, Justice Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brooklyn Minister John Williams, President/CEO, New Creation Ministries Inc., Brooklyn Larissa Wohl, Tzedek Program Manager, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York Reverend John W. Woody, Trinity Wall Street (Retired). New York Brother Anthony Zuba, pastoral staff, Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, New York

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116 endorsers as of 2-28-19

Faith Leaders for House Our Future New York

C/O Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing

Marc Greenberg, Executive Director,, 917-913-0098

C/O Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, , 917-913-0098