We Still Have Work to Do

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The following post appeared in our December edition of our monthly e-newsletter, Building Blocks. Sign up on our mailing list if you’d like to receive updates on our work!

 

I imagine the results of last month’s presidential election remain on many of your minds, even today. For some, this is a time of celebration, but for others these events bring fear about what the future holds.

I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which ring true today: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” It is love and light that will carry us through these times.  As much as you may feel like giving up right now, we still have work to do.  We have housing to build.  We have community to support and nurture.  We have opportunity to create and hope to engender.

At Capitol Hill Housing we welcome all. The refugee fleeing war-ravaged despair, the reformed convict hoping to embark on a new path, the young family who wants to raise kids in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood.  We welcome gay and queer and lesbian and trans people.  We welcome people who have physical and emotional disability.  We welcome people of all races and beliefs.

I don’t feel particularly authorized to quote Dr. King, but his words, to my mind, represent the only path forward.  We won’t back away from our values or stop fighting for what’s right, but we also won’t assume that others - whatever their politics – don’t share our values.

Though these are uncertain times, we have work to do. As builders of community, we play an important role in creating space for dialogue that doesn’t alienate or exclude.  We also promote legislation that supports our work.  One example of this is a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell and Orrin Hatch.  If passed into law, this bill will double the revenue generated by low income housing tax credits.

We recently spoke to Senator Cantwell’s office and I will be heading to Washington DC in the spring as a member of the Housing Partnership Network policy committee to advocate on behalf of all policy that impacts our work.

Chris Persons, CEO

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