By Leah Roth-Howe
Coordinator of Teen Programs, JCUA
On Sunday, Nov. 7 teens from JCUA’s Or Tzedek program joined forces with Northside P.O.W.E.R. and A Just Harvest to examine issues of hunger and housing through advocacy, organizing and direct service.
After a workshop on community organizing and affordable housing, the teens canvassed the Rogers Park neighborhood and spoke with community members about their housing concerns.
They also door knocked to notify residents about the Rental Improvement Fund campaign to preserve and maintain affordable housing in Chicago’s 49th Ward.
Following the canvassing efforts, Or Tzedek teens addressed the immediate issue of hunger and poverty in Rogers Park by serving hot meals to more than 150 people at the Community Kitchen.
Exploring issues of hunger and housing with Northside P.O.W.E.R. and A Just Harvest underscored the critical need to address the root causes of hunger and poverty while still engaging in direct service.
Learn more about Or Tzedek at ortzedek.org.