Unravelling an Unwelcome

  This past month, in October 2018 we witnessed a very negative letter from an anonymous person in St. Albert to a family of Indigenous neighbours. These words showed up at this family’s door causing enormous hurt and pain, and prompting widespread condemnation across the whole Edmonton Area.   Let’s call it ‘an unwelcome.’ AContinue reading “Unravelling an Unwelcome”

Affordable Housing Bus Tour!

On Thursday morning, September 20, several faith leaders and community partners went together on a tour of six different affordable housing complexes. The tour was organized in partnership with the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homeless (ECOHH).  ECOHH is a broad gathering of service providers and stakeholders in Edmonton working together to promote strong andContinue reading “Affordable Housing Bus Tour!”

Edmonton Faith Communities Talk Housing – Event report

On September 6, 2018, Edmonton’s Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative (CRIHI) welcomed representatives from all three levels of government, and all political parties to discuss how we could respond together to the current shortage of affordable and supportive housing in Edmonton, and across the country. The turnout from faith communities was strong, as was the participationContinue reading “Edmonton Faith Communities Talk Housing – Event report”

the New Monasticism (Christian); Locating our Lives in the Abandoned Places of the Empire

Everything in our society teaches us to move away from suffering, to move out of neighbourhoods where there is high crime, to move away from people who don’t look like us. But the gospel calls us to something altogether different.  We are to laugh at fear, to lean into suffering, to open ourselves to theContinue reading “the New Monasticism (Christian); Locating our Lives in the Abandoned Places of the Empire”

Edmonton considering a 16% Affordable Housing Target in every neighbourhood

On Monday afternoon, August 13, 2018, city staff will be presenting an affordable housing framework to City Council Executive.  The need for such a framework is driven by the reality of a steep rise in housing cost in many Canadian cities since the turn of the millenium, and numbers from Statistics Canada that tell us almostContinue reading “Edmonton considering a 16% Affordable Housing Target in every neighbourhood”

How the Dutch do Affordable Housing

“The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and has a very expensive housing market.  And yet, it also provides one of the best examples in Europe of quality, well-integrated affordable housing. What can Canada learn from their example?” The Dutch have been at this a long time.  Initial efforts toContinue reading “How the Dutch do Affordable Housing”

Edmonton Faith Communities Talk Housing – September 6, 2018

The Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative has invited representatives from all three levels of government, and all political parties to join us on September 6, 2018 as we discuss how to respond together to the current shortage of affordable and supportive housing in Edmonton, and across the country. At this meeting, many different faith traditionsContinue reading “Edmonton Faith Communities Talk Housing – September 6, 2018”

Finding Home in Bonnie Doon; Iris Court’s consultation story

Iris Court’s journey into existence was not an easy one.  Their initial effort to set up in the McCauley community was rebuffed as local neighbours, objecting to an already heavy concentration of services and social housing in their community, took the development to court to stop it. But lessons were learned from that experience, particularlyContinue reading “Finding Home in Bonnie Doon; Iris Court’s consultation story”

PSH Feature: Iris Court; Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

“Imagine a radio playing in your head, and it never shuts off.” “Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects 300,000 Canadians.    …Interfering with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others, schizophrenia impairs a person’s ability to function to their potential when it is not treated. Unfortunately, noContinue reading “PSH Feature: Iris Court; Schizophrenia Society of Alberta”