Housing Justice in Wayne County
The Housing Justice Committee was formed out of growing concerns about the lack of affordable housing for residents in the Wooster area. Homelessness and poverty are very present in Wooster and Wayne County, even when they are not always visible. The city of Wooster has seen tremendous growth in the last few years, but that growth has not translated to addressing the needs of low-income and working class families who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness.
The Housing Justice Committee is currently exploring housing-first models to address this issue, as well as other long-term strategies and services to work with residents who need wrap-around care and support. There are a number of other factors that complicate an individual's ability to find housing and work, and it is not because they are "lazy." We recognize the barriers faced by individuals who re-enter society after jail or prison time, those who struggle with mental health and/or addiction, and how education or documentation status can complicate individuals' access to employment, and therefore also, housing.
By focusing on housing-first models, the Housing Justice Committee hopes to gather information and resources (with community support) to implement solutions for the affordable housing crisis in Wayne County.
We currently meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7pm in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Lounge (353 Pine St., Lounge is just inside the building and to the left when entering from Pine St.). If you are interested in hearing more about this group and would like to get involved, contact our Transitional Pastor, Tricia Petraven.