One of the campaigns we have been working on for many years now is affordable housing for all, especially for our most vulnerable. In recent years we have had a particular focus on securing affordability targets for new developments in our city. After winning some of this with 5-10% targets it’s time to make sure they get rolled out fairly across our city and tackle some other pieces of this crisis. So building on this momentum and two successful assemblies in 2017, including one in St Mary’s Hall with Archbishop Fisher which many of you attended, we would like to invite you to keep the campaign for affordable housing moving forward. Sydney Alliance, in partnership with St Vincent de Paul and the Everybody’s Home Campaign are organising our biggest assembly yet, with 2500 us of gathering in Sydney’s Town Hall on March 14th 6:30-8:30pm. We will be asking our decision makers to commit to a range of ‘asks’ around affordability, these are still being negotiated with the specific details to come. You can find out more about the campaign here.
But we also see this assembly as a great opportunity for us as Catholics to come together again, in even greater numbers, and stand with our brothers and sisters as a people who believe in and will speak up for the common good and a life of dignity for all. It will be an energising and inspiring way to kick off the year, and a chance to connect with some of our deepest Christian values like loving our neighbour. It is also a unique moment to bring to life this year’s Social Justice Statement from Australia’s bishops, A Place to Call Home: Making A Home for Everyone in Our Land.
We would love it if you would join us (and maybe bring your social justice group or a few friends from your parish) on the night. You can register here (be sure to note you’re from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney). Someone from our office will then be in touch to make sure you get all the briefing details before the night and to update you on specific details for our Sydney Catholic contingent!
If you have any questions or would like to get more involved, especially if you’d like to organise a group of people from your parish, family or workplace to come along, please get in touch with us.