Sharing Spaces | Bishop Taylor outlines housing initiatives
Bishop Taylor outlines housing, fundraising initiatives at Diocesan Council’s January meeting
by Pat McCaughan
The Episcopal News
Jan 18, 2023
Bishop John Harvey Taylor’s vision for the Diocese of Los Angeles includes affordable housing on at least 25% of church campuses; the prayerful hope that he and fellow diocesan leaders will be able to find the resources for staff support to facilitate those partnerships as well as for fundraising; and accommodating the changing shape of Sunday worship, he said at the Jan. 12 meeting of Diocesan Council.
Taylor has pledged to build affordable housing on 25% of the diocese’s 128 church campuses, benefitting both the community and the congregations. “In almost all cases, it would enable missions or parishes to get ground lease revenue.”
Two projects are currently under construction; the Santa Angelina affordable senior housing community at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Placentia with 65 affordable apartments for seniors who are or who are about to become homeless, and a similar project with 50 units for at-risk families at St. Michael’s Ministry Center in Riverside.
Another, the Orchard View Gardens Complex at St. Joseph’s Church in Buena Park, is about to break ground and will provide 66 new affordable apartments for those aged 62 and older.
“The best thing this diocese can do to address the housing crisis in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and in our region is to build housing,” notes Taylor.
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