About 1,500 people are expected to rally for affordable housing at the JUMP meeting
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – About 1,500 people are expected to gather to rally for affordable housing at Washburn University’s Lee Arena for the annual Topeka JUMP, which is back after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Topeka JUMP says that at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, he will host the Annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at Washburn University’s Lee Arena, 1901 SW Mulvane St. He said that in 2019, the last Once the assembly was held, 1,200 people converged on the sanctuary. of the Catholic Church of the Purest Heart of Mary to fight the rise of armed violence in the capital.
Then, JUMP said the pandemic stopped everything. However, he said the work towards justice continues.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization said it was successful in winning an extension from Oxford Houses to Topeka – worth $261,000. He said the expansion will create 100 new beds to help residents break free from addiction.
On Wednesday, May 4, JUMP said about half of the facility’s new beds had been created. He said the program is on track to reach 100 new beds by 2023.
This spring, JUMP said it has returned to in-person meetings and expects to have more than 1,500 attendees at the May 9 meeting. He said the meeting is expected to be the largest nonpartisan civic gathering in the Sunflower State.
The organization noted that the assembly’s agenda will focus on long-term planning to address the need for more affordable housing for those earning less than $50,000 a year.
JUMP said Mayor Mike Padilla and Deputy Mayor Spencer Duncan will also attend the meeting.
The group also said it will approach Valeo Behavioral Health Care to develop a long-term plan to expand its crisis care services.
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