City Mission is committed to being a voice for justice in the city of Boston. Alongside homelessness and affordable housing advocacy groups and congregational partners, we work to bring the issue of homelessness prevention to the attention of our elected officials and the wider public.
Engaging Our Partners
Our advocacy efforts are centered on bringing congregations, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, and existing homelessness and affordable housing advocates together to shape policies at the city and state level that will prevent and end homelessness. We serve as a bridge between faith communities and the advocacy world and individual stories and public policy.
City Mission was a lead convener of the BostonWarm coalition, a group of over 50 faith communities and non-profits that formed in the aftermath of the closing of the Long Island Bridge in October 2014. The combination of a slow, unengaged and insufficient response from the city and state, the arrival of one of the worst winter’s for Boston on record, and a state-wide declared opiate state of emergency, meant that for the over 700 residents of the Island’s emergency shelter and drug recovery programs, this event immediately became a crisis.
In that initial winter, City Mission worked with this coalition to create two day-time warming centers in the Back Bay (one of which continues under the auspices of common cathedral, and put pressure on the city and state to provide adequate, dignified, and stable shelter for all those displaced and to work quickly to restore the detox and recovery beds lost. Today, BostonWarm continues as a group dedicated to advocating on these issues and looking beyond the Long Island disaster to long-term solutions to the lack of housing and addiction recovery services.
Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition
The Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition (EAC) is a network of faith-based organizations striving for visible, faith-informed public policy engagement in Massachusetts. We collaborate to:
- Inform & learn from one another.
- Steward our resources well.
- When possible, to design joint campaigns for state-level public policy education and change.
- Pray for one another, meet every month, and hold at least one event together annually.
Faith and the Ballot
“This November, Massachusetts voters will encounter ballot questions on a number of wide-ranging topics: charter schools, the legalization of marijuana, the common core, expanded gaming, farm animal protection, and fair healthcare pricing. This fall, the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition is offering a series of evening workshops across Massachusetts on the ballot questions to help pastors and church leaders learn more about the questions and explore how to vote faithfully and model civil discourse. We invite you to consider hosting. For more information, please click here for more information.
Our partners in the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition are:
- Episcopal City Mission
- Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action
- Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice
- Massachusetts Council of Churches