I just attended a fundraiser for this orgainzation Imagine LA. The concept is simple: 8000 homeless kids in greater LA + 8000 faith communities in greater LA =no kids sleeping on the streets. The strategy is hard work, but they are making good success in their pilot projects. This concept is very similar to what we are launching in Simi, what we so far have called Circles of Support, (see circle-of-support).
I am wonderfully amazed that people from a variety of faith communites and religious beliefs are coming together around the issue of homelessness. Even some more doctrinally rigorous evangelicals who often do not join hands unless theological issues are squared away, are coming together around this issue. It seems that reaching out to the marginalized, which touches the Lord’s heart, draws people together.
if your city is involved in the One City, One Book program, encourage those who organize this to use The Soloist by Steve Lopez as a discussion book. It will be very helpful in promoting issues related to reducing and preventing homelessness.
Here is a great article on the proactive stance of faith communities to the homelessness issues. It describes Imagine LA…and has a few quotes from me as well.christianity-today-imagine-la