Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence – Learnings from our public conversation

On November 19, 2019 Edmonton’s Interfaith Housing Initiative hosted a public conversation on harm reduction and abstinence at Beth Israel Synagogue on Edmonton’s west side. Our shared goal was to come to a shared understanding of how harm reduction and abstinence approaches work to support a person with an addiction on their road to recovery.Continue reading “Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence – Learnings from our public conversation”

Pathways to Recovery; Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence – November 19, 2019

Opioid and alcohol abuse impact every community, with people losing years of their lives to powerful addictions; or losing loved ones to dark places and even to death.  Finding effective help and healing for those we love also matters to every community. CRIHI recognizes that access to a safe and stable place to live isContinue reading “Pathways to Recovery; Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence – November 19, 2019”

Understanding and Responding to Nimbyism (Not in My Back Yard)

As cities all over North America work to provide low-income households a safe and affordable home, they face numerous persistent barriers.  These include the high cost of land, the search for funding for development, policy and zoning, and a very human challenge: Nimbyism in the local community. Here’s a story to illustrate the challenge ofContinue reading “Understanding and Responding to Nimbyism (Not in My Back Yard)”

Interfaith Habitat Works – Wrap-up Party!

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative are celebrating the success of the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project with a Wrap Up Ceremony that will include speakers and lunch! It’s been an eventful three months with hundreds of volunteers from many different faith communities working together in a common cause: buildingContinue reading “Interfaith Habitat Works – Wrap-up Party!”

Faith Leaders Work Day with Habitat for Humanity! – May 1, 2019

Calling all Rabbis, Imams, Pastors, Priests, and Gurus!  CRIHI invites you to take up hammers and paint brushes for our first ever… Faith Leaders Work Day! Wednesday, May 1, 2019; From 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Carter Place With the help of thousands of volunteers from every skill level and background, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton hasContinue reading “Faith Leaders Work Day with Habitat for Humanity! – May 1, 2019”

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”

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”

Learning from Good Consultation

Mayor Don Iveson called the Westmount development a ’10 out of 10!’ Not just for the quality of the affordable housing project, but for the work done engaging with the local community ahead of time. Come join with other developers, community leaders, and faith representatives as we learn from one of the brightest examples ofContinue reading “Learning from Good Consultation”

Cheering on the work underway

A second reflection; As shared by Rabbanit Batya Ivry-Friedman at the Interfaith Work and Pray gathering at City Hall on March 27, 2018. Right now, we see a lot of good work underway, and much to celebrate.  Of course we have a ways to go.  When the ten year plan to end homelessness came forwardContinue reading “Cheering on the work underway”