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Episcopal churches, tiny houses and homelessness

Episcopal churches, tiny houses and homelessness

From The Deseret News:

“The Rev. Connie Pearson-Campbell (Episcopal Deacon) calls it a “God moment.” She says divine influence put Ralph Johnson in her path last summer. She’d been at the city offices to learn whether building codes in Bozeman, Montana, allowed for tiny homes, residences generally smaller than 400 square feet. She thought the trendy spaces could fill a gap in the city’s anti-homelessness efforts.

Johnson, an architecture professor at Montana State University, was in meetings about potential student projects. A city engineer sent one of his aides to catch the Rev. Pearson-Campbell before she left the building, telling her and Johnson they might be able to help one another.”

And in North Dakota:

“The Rev. John Floberg, rector of two Episcopal churches in North Dakota, said sharing the same lot as tiny homes will deepen the impact worshippers will have on residents.

“They’ll be able to feel our support,” he said. Four tiny homes, which should open in August, will share the same septic system as St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, and residents will be able to use the church’s kitchen and laundry machines.”

“The Rev. Pearson-Campbell acknowledged it might seem odd for churches to get involved in the tiny-home business, but she said it’s part of her work as a deacon to find creative solutions…. “The deacon’s role is to bring the needs and the concerns of the world outside the church into the church and say, ‘This is what the community needs,'” she said.”

Read it all here.

More on tiny houses and homelessness in Oregon from a previous Café item. click here



Image by the Rev. John Floberg – used with permission


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Kevin McGrane

Great work by deacons, placing the homeless in homes. Even tiny ones. I once thought this a bogus idea, but have come to appreciate the financial and pastoral sense of tiny homes for the homeless. Good work. God bless.

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