CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) Nehemiah Action Assembly plans to address issues of affordable housing and adequate transportation on Monday.
CAJM plans to call on CARTA and county officials to increase funding for transportation. They’re also calling for the formation of a regional housing trust fund. The ministry says Charleston is the most dangerous city in South Carolina for pedestrians and cyclists. They say more than 13-thousand people bike or walk to a bus stop every day. According to the organization, nearly 11-thousand people rely on public transportation they say is no consistent.
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry says that someone who makes 15-dollars an hour would have to work more than 50 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment. And that more than 200-thousand people simply cannot afford their rent or mortgage.
In Monday night’s meeting, the Charleston Area Justice Ministry expects to ask Charleston County, cities of Charleston and North Charleston, and the town of Mount Pleasant to form and pay for the Regional Housing Trust Fund.
Monday’s meeting gets underway at seven p.m. at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.