At the June 1 meeting of CKCPJ's Board, the Housing Justice Project committee announced they plan to take on issues raised by their meetings with key people working on low-incoming housing needs. According to the CKCPJ Committee Reports in the latest Peaceways issue, the Housing Justice Project plans to take a three-pronged approach to their future efforts.
Led by Rick Clewett (see his recent op ed in the Herald-Leader on this topic), the group will work to organize the community to mediate controversies and educate those in low-income neighborhoods undergoing rapid change. They hope to support tenants as they go through the pre-eviction process and ultimately reduce those cases that go to court.
David Christiansen plans to work with the group to work on ways to have Lexington create an ordinance requiring landlords to get a license.
The group plans to concentrate in these upcoming months to learn about and share information on the growing shortfall in affordable housing in Lexington. They hope to find out more about the high eviction rate in Lexington - a likely consequence of a lack of affordable housing. The public education plan may include op-eds and letters to the editor in the Lexington Herald-Leader, informational sessions at churches, and public meetings.