In 2020, All Saints Parish asked its Living Our Values Commission to explore creation of a “Principal Mission” that would help focus the Parish’s service to the community, but not replace any of our other mission activities. In 2021, after a year of study and conversation, the Parish approved this Principal Mission and we are now establishing the charitable corporate structure to accomplish the mission, with the intent of creating a prototype that could be used nationally.
A Concept to lmplement All Saints’ Principal Mission Project of loving our neighbors through Housing solutions.
As approved by the Parish Februrary 7th, 2021
Purpose: All Saints seeks to address inequities in our time that have been created for those who have served, and are serving, the people of Calvert County to their personal detriment. To that end, we seek to create multi-use, intergenerational communities that:
Provide affordable, safe, decent housing for those in need of it:
- who are seniors and whose care of others has created that need (example: a grandparent whose necessary care for her grandchildren has left her without adequate resources);
- whose current care for and service to the people of our County is creating that need (example: a single-parent local nurse in a public institution);
- who, out of racial or similar inequities, have been denied the opportunity to build financial stability and whose participation will help them to do so (example: a family which, because of governmental or cultural “red-lining” was denied home buying opportunities availab to others.)
Acknowledging the history of our church and the benefits it has enjoyed to the cost of enslaved people we intend to provide eligibility preferences for individuals who are descendants of those enslaved people.
lmplementation: ln partnership with other entities, establish a non-profit corporation led by a board of well-qualified to manage this enterprise applying the following principles:
– Retain sufficient autonomy to ensure decisions are consistent with objectives and local values. This would require avoidance of sources of funding that would come with “strings” inconsistent with objectives.
– Partner with like-minded non-governmental entities, including financial organizations
– Employ innovative designs that:
- create attractive, healthy, environmentally appropriate, multi-use, intergenerational community prototypes to encourage replication (example: multiple-story walkable communities in greenspaces within public transportation networks that make individui employment feasible; incorporating ground floors designed for income-generating commercial activities consistent with the overall community to offset costs):
- facilitate income generation to offset the cost of services (example: incorporate on ground floors income generating commercial activities consistent with the overall community to offset costs (such as renting space to locally owned shops and restaurants); and,
- facilitate cooperation with local government to obtain necessary authorities.
– Use resident models that provide for consistent turn-over of residents so many can benefit
– Establish an objective eligibility scoring process that ensures those intended to be served are served
– Match a portion of rents paid by eligible residents and deposit them into a trust fund to assist those residents in qualifying home ownership through partner financial institutions