DSJ Hosts Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing

DSJ Hosts Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing

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Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, second from the left, joins Rabbi Dana Magat, Imam Tahir Anwar and Father Jon Pedigo before the start of the Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing.

On October 26, the Diocese of San Jose hosted more than 40 community leaders from across Santa Clara County for a Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing.
Led by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and Father Jon Pedigo, Director of Projects for Peace and Justice for the Diocese, the gathering addressed the growing problem of homelessness in the county.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, second from the left, opens the Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Also attending the conference were, from left, Rabbi Dana Magat, Imam Tahir Anwar and Reverend Dana Bainbridge.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, second from the left, opens the Convocation for Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Also attending the conference were, from left, Rabbi Dana Magat, Imam Tahir Anwar and Reverend Dana Bainbridge.

A new study on homelessness underwritten by the County of Santa Clara, between 2007 and 2012, shows 104,206 individuals experienced homelessness during that period. Also, the top 5 percent of the homeless population accounted for 47 percent of all public costs. In addition, more than $3 billion worth of services went to homeless residents during the six-year period.