Over 60 people from many faith communities turned out for our plenary meeting October 29 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Steering Committee members reported on our current activities, some highlights of which were the following:
- We are fully funded for this year thanks to support from the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the United Church Edmonton Presbytery.
- Our search for a full-time Housing Ambassador is nearing completion.
- We are working on a new workshop presentation for community groups to complement our existing one for faith groups.
- The Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build this year was a resounding success, with volunteers coming from a wide cross-section of faith traditions. The 2016 build has been scheduled for the summer months (rather than spring as in the past).
- The Welcome Home program continues to produce great outcomes and is looking for more volunteers as well as donations to pay for program participants’ activities.
Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander shared the recommendations of the EndPoverty Edmonton task force, of which she is co-chair. She urged faith communities to get involved in implementing the recommendations, many of which are directly related to housing and homelessness. A spirited discussion followed. The EndPoverty recommendations can be downloaded at http://www.endpovertyedmonton.ca/new-page-1/
Come and hear about new and exciting developments in our work towards ending homelessness and supporting affordable housing. You will hear reports about our search for a full-time Housing Ambassador, new workshops for community groups, the great success of this year’s Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, and more.
We also would like to engage you in an initiative of great importance in the fight to end homelessness. EndPoverty Edmonton, chaired by Mayor Don Iveson and Bishop Jane Alexander, has been working for over a year to devise a strategy to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation. The Strategy has now been released.
Bishop Jane Alexander will speak about her experience working on EndPoverty Edmonton and its connection with our ongoing efforts to end homelessness. City staff will then facilitate a discussion. In preparation, we encourage you to review the Strategy ahead of the meeting at www.endpovertyedmonton.ca/new-page-1/
The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Thursday, October 29 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 8421 – 101 Avenue, Edmonton. To confirm your attendance, please register at https://interfaith-housing.eventbrite.ca.
This guide was originally prepared in 2011 to assist members of local faith communities to find practical ways of getting involved in issues relating to homelessness and affordable housing. It has now been extensively revised with updated suggestions, links, and resources.
2015 Congregational Housing Guide