National issues

Another epic, preventable disaster strikes the poor

picture by Erik Parker

Somilia, Katrina, Rita, Ike, now Haiti.

Another epic disaster strikes a population of desperately poor people.

Poor physical living conditions, makeshift homes, substandard materials. no building codes all magnify human suffering and deaths in each disaster.

God does not seek out the poor to punish with disasters, we are each responsible for accepting poverty and substandard conditions that expose the poor time and time again to preventable suffering and death.

We respond with compassion when it is too late.

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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