The Poor People's Campaign is currently in negotiations on several fronts to acquire land for the development of low-income housing in the Inner cities area. we feel that the current development in Cities is leaving the poor out of the "New Inner Cities",and this segment of our community will once again be left out of the progress being made in this great cities, and blocked from new opportunities as well. Our Homeownership project is a unique plan which provides "True AFFORDABLE HOUSING". Our Urban Development committee is headed by Mr Carl Bibbs, Chairman of Board of Directors,SomerCor Inc.his vast knowledge of finance has been invaluable to the PPC.Inc. in our planning and development.
PPC has achieved great success with our ex-offenders program over the past year. we have been placing clients directly with employers and with other groups within the coalition who share our vision on re-entry and rehabilitation. Currently we are in the process of recruiting and screening an entre opening staff for a company which has opened tow new facilities in Inner cities, within an eight month period. prior to implementing our re-entry program, our staff was working with Operation P.U.S.H, Re-entry Task force in the capacity of chairman and vice-chairman of the Employment and Housing Committee.
Some of our other current programs include:
1.Providing food to the poor via gift cards provided by Jewel-Osco
2.Our Youth Program is currently mentoring young adults after school
3.Our Intervention Network has been deeply involved in violence prevention actvities throughout the Inner cities,
4. Our Seniors initiative is assisting the elderly with vital services by linking clients with the cities and states resources
As a result of our work the P.P.C Inc. has been asked to asked to assist one of our esteemed State Representatives in convening a four day forum with the focus on the "Violence in our Cities". Each day we will address a different segment of our community:Business, Politics, Youth, and Clergy in an atempt to bring information and awareness of the concerns of all facets of our community to the forefront.
The next project we will be introducing will address the AIDS crisis in our cities. Dr Carroll Smith who is an Advisory Board member for the P.P.C.Inc is developing an AIDS Awareness progrm scheduled for implementation this fall of 2008.
Other Future plans will include a two hundred member Public Safety Team to function on the Inner cities. This is another project which we believe is greatly need in our community,patrolling truble spots, assisting seniors,and providing another layer of support to needed areas.