TogetherWise – a Trust Based Approach to Consultation

Interfaith Housing is proud to present: TogetherWise; A trust-based approach to healthy community consultations around affordable and supportive housing.

Beginning in January of 2019, Interfaith Housing embarked on a resource design project intended to support quality consultations in local communities around affordable and supportive housing builds.  CRIHI gathered a team of community leaders, faith leaders and housing providers to dig deep into how to get consultation right.  We did this work together out of a recognition that a quality consultation with the local community is critical both to the strength of the local project and to the welcoming of new neighbours; many of whom are hungry for warmth and connection in a new home.

Four design workshops hosted over the space of three months gave us room to work together on how to do this important work well.  Out of these sessions we identified five principles (heartbeats) of good consultation, and we created a road map with advice and best practices to do this well.  We even designed a program to carry it forward (see below).

The TogetherWise program provides the following key resources:

The TogetherWise Good Relationship Agreement to help the developer and the community clarify expectations and plan together for good process.

Facilitated conversations at three stages of the consultation process:

  1. We help frame the initial TogetherWise Good Relationship Agreement and plan.
  2. We hold a mid-point check-in to hear how things are going.
  3. We host a debrief conversation at the end of the process to bring closure and gather learnings to help other consultations.

The website providing free access to all resources, including:

  • Five heartbeats of good consultation
  • A roadmap with advice for the journey
  • Consultation FAQs

The TogetherWise Resource Guide (print material) with key points and resources to aid the process.

Interfaith Housing Initiative is grateful to the many volunteers who served on our planning team and in our workshops.  We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our critical partners who provided funding and other forms of support throughout this project, and in carrying it forward in the years ahead.


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