IHC Brit Olam advocates for lasting change on social justice issues of shared significance; our efforts are currently centered on evictions and homelessness in the Indianapolis area.
Did you know?
- 7 households are evicted each day in Indiana.
- Each day, Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis turns away an average of 10 families seeking shelter.
- In 2016, Indianapolis had the second highest number of eviction judgments (total evictions, not eviction rate) in the United States.
- Indianapolis has only one-third the population of Chicago yet had almost twice as many eviction judgments in 2016. In fact, Indianapolis had more evictions that year than Chicago, Los Angeles, and Topeka combined.
- Fort Wayne and South joined Indianapolis in the top 20 of large United States cities that had the highest eviction rates (not total number of evictions).
- Marion (#30), Elkhart (#31), Kokomo (#38), Lawrence (#41), Lafayette (#58), and Gary (#69) were all in the top 100 of United Stated mid-sized cities with the highest eviction rates.
- Waterloo (#9), Grabill (#60), New Chicago (#61), and Bryant (#81) were in the top 100 small and rural cities with the highest eviction rates.
Join Brit Olam for these two important events:
Friday, January 22 after Shabbat Services: Evicted: A Shabbat Post-Service Program on Homelessness
Brit Olam has invited Mike Chapuran, Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, to provide an update on Family Promise’s continuing provision of services during the COVID-19 pandemic, when IHC will resume hosting Family Promise families again, the crises of evictions homelessness in our community, and ongoing advocacy opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels.
Monday, January 25 at 7:oopm: Brit Olam General Membership Meeting
The entire IHC Congregation is invited to be part of Brit Olam’s Meeting to continue learning about these issues by joining in a discussion of this article by Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Award-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Bob Hewitt will facilitate this discussion. We hope this will generate enough interest to merit a second offering of our ‘book club’ on Evicted, also facilitated by Bob.
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