Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski is joining eight other Christian leaders seeking to address affordable housing in the St. Louis area through the Oikos Group.
On April 19, the nine leaders announced the launch of their Hearts, Hands & Homes initiative, which seeks to raise $3-$6 million by the end of 2023 to be divided evenly among six organizations that provide housing and support services to disenfranchised families in the region. In total, the six organizations have set a goal of serving 834 families, providing 135 affordable homes, and assisting 100 new homeowners in 2023 and 2024. As of last week, $1.7 million has been raised.
“Ever since the Second Vatican Council, we have been ever more aware of the need to reach out to other faiths in building up the Kingdom of God here on earth,” said Archbishop Rozanski. “In our ecumenical relationships, such as the crucial effort by Oikos, we have seen the critical need for families to have stability in their lives by having a home to call their own, to care for and to raise a family.”