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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 of Nimbyism:
A few years ago, I ran into an old friend at a consultation for a new affordable housing complex proposed for her neighbourhood, and asked her what she thought.  She said, “Look, I get it that everyone needs a place to live, and that we need more places like this, but here?  On the corner of my park?  My kids have to walk past there all the time on their way to school.”

Now I know my friend to be a caring and compassionate person, and a great mom.  But faced with this change, she had a strong reaction; one sometimes referred to in shorthand as a NIMBY reaction:  “Not In My Back Yard.”

On May 14, 2019, the Interfaith Housing Initiative hosted a workshop at Queen Alexandra Community League called “Understanding and Responding to Nimbyism.”  This was the third of four workshops in a series called, “Getting Consultation Right!”  This event featured two panels of speakers, including three housing providers and two community leaders all willing to share their experience and insight in how to both understand and respond to Nimbyism.    You can watch the full panel discussion at the link below, or keep reading for a summary of key points:

Here is some of what we learned together:

How can we understand Nimbyism?
Here is a working definition we are using:  Nimbyism (Not in My Back Yard)  is a (sometimes) strong reaction or response to more significant changes in a local area; especially those perceived as possibly negative.

So how should we understand why people react as they do?
In our second panel discussion, Fraser Porter, the current president of the Edmonton Federation of Community leagues observed that “Love and attachment are the root causes. We love our neighbourhoods and we resist change because we worry something we love is being lost.”

That natural fear of change was also noted by Carola Cunningham, who serves as CEO of Niginan Developments, a provider of Permanent Supportive Housing.  Cunnningham noted that “it is only natural to object and respond with fear to the unknown (color, culture, addiction, etc) and all those things must be meaningfully addressed to have an honest dialogue.

Certainly, the love for what we have and the fear of losing it are very powerful impulses. Some of those fears may be connected to structural changes to infrastructure such as parking and traffic flow, the fit and flow of architecture, the loss of trees or open spaces.  But other fears may centre around who the new neighbours might be, and how they will integrate into the local community.

Q: How can we respond well to Nimbyism?
The answer that seemed to come forward from our panelists was to respond to fears with clear, honest and open communication; working to build both a shared understanding and a trusting relationship moving forward.  To do that, the housing provider should avoid thinking about or treating local neighbours as opponents, even if there are strong feelings or anger.  As with all relationships, how we conduct ourselves in the midst of conflict can either inflame or resolve concerns.

Sherri Shorten, a community voice from Holyrood said it was important to “Believe in the community voice. The people in our community were hurt by being called NIMBY. It broke down relationships when they were bringing truly valid concerns to the table.” 

Cam McDonald from Right at Home Housing Society noted that:  “What was important in the North Glenora context was an openness on both sides. What I learned was just how much the community was willing to give to create a shared vision and understanding.

Demonstrating openness and a will to patiently answer people’s questions makes room for trust, and for the community to also give of themselves to the health of the project and their new neighbours.

Consultation pic

Q: Is it problematic to tell the community about the health problems of residents?
At one level, even talking about who is going to live in a new housing development seems problematic.  In Canada, no one has the right to choose their neighbours, and discrimination based on age, ability, illness, race or culture, or religious belief is not permitted.  But our panelists responded in favour of answering those questions openly and honestly.

“It can be heard in comments like, “How do you screen your tenants? How do you ensure our community remains safe?  At my house I don’t get to pick who is my next-door neighbour. The zoning bylaw is very clear. It’s not about the USER, its about the USE. However, its so important that you don’t offend the people you’re talking to. You do have to address their concerns.” (Cam Macdonald, Right at Home Housing Society)

Trueman Macdonald, who oversees the work at Iris Court a supportive home for formerly homeless persons with schizophrenia shared their approach:  “We actually saw it as an opportunity to educate the community as well. It was just natural for us to talk about it. Our whole mandate is advocacy and breaking down those barriers. Our people with lived experience want to get their stories out to reduce the stigma surrounding their illness.”

Addressing people’s concerns with patience and respect is the best way to help them better understand and put their fears and concerns into context.  It also paves the way for understanding and healthy long-term relationships in the local community.

A very helpful tool in this regard are Good Neighbour Agreements.  With Iris Court, the Schizophrenia society provided a detailed “Good Neighbour Agreement” to the local community that included info regarding tenants, services, house rules, and how the organization planned to respond to community complaints.  Having a clear plan and a process available showed the community the strength of Iris Court’s commitment to being a good neighbour.  It also helped the tenants feel safe and secure in their new community.

The Nimby response is a very ordinary and human reaction to change in a local community.  Good consultation takes the time to work through people’s questions and concerns openly and honestly, without judging them or treating them as opponents.  A patient approach builds toward a trusting relationship between the local community and the developer.  In the space of that relationship, honest and constructive engagement is able to flow, supporting the long-term health and vitality of the project, the local community, and those finding a home there.


By Mike Van Boom, Network Animator for Interfaith Housing Initiative (CRIHI)

The article is presented as a summary of key learnings in this third, of four workshops in a resource design project hosted by CRIHI, involving community leaders, housing providers and people of faith in a collaborative creation of consultation resources.   The full resources we have developed together will be delivered in the fall of 2019; made possible by a grant from the Edmonton Community Foundation, with Al Rashid Mosque serving as fiscal agent for the project.

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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: building homes for low-income families!  Come join us as we celebrate together!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Carter Place (2216 – 24 Street NW)

Ceremony begins at 11:30 sharp, so please come a little early so you can find parking*.  And of course, please plan to join us for lunch!

Carter Place Map

*Parking is only available on side streets around the development.

To RSVP by email, contact: volunteer@hfh.org | T: (780) 451-3416 x 222

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 has provided over 500 families with a hand-up into home ownership.

This year, we asked ourselves, what would happen if we had all kinds of different faith leaders working together at on the big Habitat build site at Carter Place?

Our answer:  Who knows?!  But it would likely be a lot of fun!
So here’s the formal call to faith leaders from every tradition to take a day on May 1st and come join us.


To sign up:
1. Please rsvp to mike@interfaithhousing.ca,
2. Register with our faith leader’s work group (group name: Interfaith Works 2019) on May 1 according to the instructions below:Here’s the link to get started, with the steps to register below:
https://www.hfh.org/volunteer/



If you have any questions about your registration, please contact:
Megan Stannard at mstannard@hfh.org or 780-451-3416 x 237


May 1, 2019 – Instructions for the day!

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 and effective solutions in housing and homelessess.  For the last few years, ECOHH has organized tours for politicians and government administration.  This tour organized with CRIHI for faith and community leaders was the first of its kind, and was very appreciated by those who attended.  To learn more about ECOHH, please visit their website at http://ecohh.ca


First stop, Canora Place (10141 153 Street)

Canora Place is Permanent Supportive Housing, level 1, which means it has staff on site twenty four hours a day, but hosts no permanent supports.  Many of her clients are with Housing First, so they receive support from a mobile team of workers, and access many services off-site.  Canora Place is connected with the Jasper Place Wellness Centre and her network of social enterprises in West Edmonton.
Learn more at: http://www.jpwc.ca

Second Stop:  Jeannette Romaniuk residence for families.  (12304 Fort Road)
Finding an affordable home for a large family is a challenge in Edmonton.  The Romaniuk residences operated by Right at Home Housing Society are 4-unit townhouse project for large families. The townhouses offer 5-bedroom units, a rarity in Edmonton’s affordable housing market. These homes opened in July 2012, in the community of Elmwood Park. Rents currently do not exceed 60% of average market rental rates.

Third Stop:  Pregnancy Pathways
A safe place and a care centre for pregnant mothers living on the street or in crisis.  Many of these moms battle active addictions.  Pregnancy Pathways offers a safe and supportive place for mother and child in the months building up to and following childbirth.  This helps both mother and child get the best possible start.  The building (worth $3M) was donated for use by the program in March of 2018 by Architect Gene Dub.  The program is supported out of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre.  Learn more by visiting their website: http://www.bmhc.net/pregnancy-pathways.html

Fourth Stop:  Sundance Place, Cooperative Housing

Sundance formed as a cooperative housing association in 1978 in Edmonton’s Riverdale Community.  In cooperative housing, members participate in decisions and responding to needs that emerge.  Three projects are governed by Sundance: Sundance Main (59 townhouses including three wheelchair accessible units), Sundance Expansion (three duplexes and one fourplex) & Sundance Place (nine apartments for members 55 and older).  The units above provide home for many of the cooperatives senior residents.

Fifth Stop:  A Youth Housing Group Home.  (Operated by E4C)
A renovated older house in the parkdale community provides home to teens in crisis.  Young people may find themselves homeless for many reasons, often related to conflict in the home.  A team of staff people helps these young people with a bedroom, shared cooking areas, and support connecting with schooling, job training or counselling.

Sixth Stop:  Ambrose Place, Permanent Supportive Housing
Ambrose Place (below) is a level four PSH, which means it has the highest level of support on site for residents.  Food, health care, addictions support, managed alcohol, and even palliative care services (where necessary) are provided on site.  As a facility with an Indigenous focus, Ambrose Place is also able to practice spiritual care as part of a person’s journey of healing.  Facilities like Ambrose Place are proving to be very effective in helping some of Edmonton’s hardest to house, and chronically homeless citizens.

CRIHI would like to offer special thanks to Jeannette Wright (ECOHH, and City of Edmonton) for arranging the bus and lining up the tour for us.  We are also grateful to our partners at ECOHH and to each of the six locations that opened their doors, and sometimes their living rooms so we could see how this form of help is working in our community.

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 participation of political representatives from the three levels of government.  Many participants shared their view that this was a very meaningful and informative gathering.  Here is what we did together:

We heard spokespersons from five different traditions speak to how their communities were impacted by current housing challenges.  (videos will be uploaded as they are completed)

  1. Rev. Deborah Hoekstra (United Church of Canada) – CRIHI co-chair
  2. Rev. Rick Chapman (Anglican Diocese of Edmonton) – CRIHI co-chair
  3. Imam Dr. Amin (Rahma Mosque; Muslim Association of Canada)
  4. Russell Auger (Indigenous spiritual care provider at Ambrose Place)
  5. Rev. Menghisteab Teclemariam (Pastor in the Eretrian community; Multicultural Health Brokers)

Following this, CRIHI spokesperson Mike Van Boom presented on the four critical priorities being forwarded as necessary and meaningful housing solutions.

  1. The Portable Housing Benefit
  2. Permanent Supportive Housing
  3. Mobile Support Workers
  4. A Vision for the Way Ahead

Following a brief coffee break, we spent thirty minutes hearing from people with lived experience at local tables.

CRIHI’s partners from the Mustard Seed, Welcome Home, Ambrose Place, Multicultural Health Brokers and E4C arranged for twelve people at different tables.  This was a very meaningful portion of the event, and highlighted successes, challenges and needs of people trying to find their way.

CRIHI then invited five political representatives to respond on behalf of their party or government.  Videos of their responses are below:

Michael Walters, Edmonton City Council

Randy Boissonault, Liberal Party of Canada (Federal)

Garnett Genuis, Conservative Party of Canada (Federal)

Lori Sigurdson, New Democratic Party (Provincial)

Laila Goodridge, United Conservative Party (Provincial)

A note of thanksgiving!

CRIHI would like to express enormous gratitude to the many partners who helped make this event a great success.  Special thanks to our hosts at Evangel Pentecostal Assembly, who donated their space and the time of their staff.  Our gratitude to the political representatives who joined us to learn, to share their interest and give voice to the perspective of their respective political bodies.  And our gratitude to the several faith communities who donated the food and refreshments that greatly enhanced our time together.

Evangel Front

Evangel Pentecostal Assembly…  very gracious hosts to this gathering!


For an additional writeup of this event, please look at the October 2018 Messenger (Anglican Diocese); the feature is on pages 1,6&7.  The link is here.

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 traditions (Muslim, Jewish, Evangelical, Catholic, Anglican, Sikh, Unitarian, Hindu, Lutheran, Christian Reformed, Mennonite, Quaker, Indigenous and numerous other traditions) will stand up together to express their shared concern about a growing challenge impacting friends, family members and neighbours in all our communities: affording a place to call home.

This event will take place at Evangel Pentecostal Assembly from 10am until 1:30pm.

evangel map

Space is limited.  To attend: please register at the following link:  Edmonton Faith Communities Talk Housing


At this event, CRIHI will speak to the following as critical priorities in addressing the current shortage of affordable and supportive housing in Edmonton:

  1. the Portable Housing Benefit. A direct help for the 20,000+ households paying more than 50% of monthly income to rent.
  2. Land, capital, and Long-term support funding for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). PSH has proven itself as direct and effective help for Edmonton’s most vulnerable citizens; providing those with multiple complex needs with appropriate longer-term support and care.
  3. Increased funding for Mobile Support Workers (Ie. Home Care, Housing First support teams)
  4. A vision for the way ahead: Support and encourage Canadian housing providers to shift efforts toward the Netherlands model*.

*Observation: in the Netherlands, housing providers currently house more than sixty percent of the country’s population in sustainable mixed market developments with breakdowns such as: 20% low income; 60% middle income; 20% high income. In these developments, high income housing helps pay for the low income housing to make it a sustainable model for market development. This system required some start up support, but now requires no government funding!


To volunteer for this event (to help with food, hospitality, or audio/visual), or if you are a faith leader willing to speak briefly to the need your community sees in housing, please contact mike@interfaithhousing.ca.

 

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 of community consultation done well here in Edmonton: the process developed by both community leaders and the Right at Home Housing Society in North Glenora as part of the recent redevelopment of land owned by Westmount Presbyterian Church


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

  • ARCA Banquet Facility; 14525 127 Street Northwest; Edmonton, AB T6V 0B3
  • Doors open at 6:00pm with a light supper beginning at 6:30pm ;
  • event concludes at 8:30pm
  • We have space and food for fifty participants, so a timely rsvp is encouraged.

Agenda features the following:

Keynote address by Andrew Gregory

Andrew is the community member who chaired the committee overseeing the process used to guide the consultation with the North Glenora community.

Panel discussion with Q&A to follow

Featuring: Cam McDonald (Right at Home Housing Society), Andrew Gregory, Les Young (Westmount Presbyterian Church), and Ryan Young (Past President, North Glenora Community League)

Following the panel discussion, organizers will discuss a consultation resource development project being initialized with grant funding from the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Faith Communities interested in exploring redeveloping of their land are also encouraged to attend, both to learn and to network with others exploring a similar journey.

Please RSVP for this event at the following link: RSVP – Learning from Good Consultation


CRIHI thanks the following partners in hosting and promoting this event:  Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, Al Rashid Mosque, Right at Home Housing Society, and Edmonton Community Foundation. 

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 forward nine years ago, it identified a strong need for permanent supportive housing.  Functioning much like seniors assisted living facilities, these places assist people with numerous complex barriers; addictions, trauma, mental health barriers, disabilities, and chronic illnesses.  The plan called for a thousand units.  We have built just over two hundred.  A lack of land and funding continue to be the major barriers holding up the work.

We see fear and frustration in local communities.  Racism and classism, a fear of change and a fear of the future are undercurrents that spark higher levels of tension in community discussions.  And of course when consultation is not done well there is a lot of frustration. But that’s the bad news, the good news is that we as a city have a short string of successes behind us recently; with healthy community consultation showing itself to be a key factor! There are some signs of warmth and a willingness to discuss the building of new affordable and supportive housing in communities around the city.  Small fires burning; speaking a message of hospitality and inclusion that can be nurtured and grown.

As people of faith, we can help nurture those small fires; by supporting a healthy and respectful conversation in the local community.  We are even receiving calls from developers looking for some wisdom on how to do this well. The Interfaith Housing Initiative has the opportunity before us now to lead in the possible development of community consultation resources with partners like Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and property developers.  Gathering a diverse group of people with different ideas together to create something beautiful together can be challenging, however with the potential to do something meaningful and powerful, there is hope, and of course prayers can only help make it more successful.

Another significant challenge is finding land to build affordable or supportive housing.  It’s going to take many compassionate and discerning eyes looking in our neighbourhoods to see the opportunities.  Thankfully, we have a growing number of faith communities coming forward to explore opportunities with their land; to do something like what Westmount Presbyterian did!  It’s an exciting new energy, but also hard work ahead.  How can we support more of our faith communities in having that conversation, and then supporting them to get there?

We are encouraged to see some of the City’s current policy work.  It’s even in their title; discussing the work of creating inclusive, diverse and complete communities.  And City Council is actively backing the creation of better affordable and supportive housing options in neighbourhoods all over the city; recognizing it is not good practice to heavily concentrate services and supports in a few neighbourhoods.  As city efforts and policies gel, we need a lot of wisdom; balancing a defense of the vulnerable with supporting a sensible and constructive path to healthy integration in the local community.

We have reason to cheer on the work taking place; but recognize an urgent need to pray as well.  That’s why we are gathered here today. To ensure that the necessary relationships are forged; that good work is done; that solid commitments are made; that wisdom prevails over fear and suspicion; and that meaningful real-life solutions will take form with as much haste as can be mustered.

Following this reflection, prayers were offered for wisdom to guide current efforts

After Nine Years, the Landscape has Changed!

What follows is the first of three reflections offered at the Work and Pray Gathering CRIHI held at City Hall on March 27, 2018.  

It has been just over nine years since the ten year plan to end homelessness began.  Are we there yet? Well, there’s still lots to do. But SO MUCH has been done!  The landscape has changed tremendously.  We have seen some real success, and the circle of people working together is wider than it has ever been.

Do we remember the sparks and the series of crises that got us moving?  The tent city that took root in downtown Edmonton.  The massive community uprising in Terwillegar.  And of course, growing stress on many families, with rents rising much faster than their income.  Wait lists for housing help tripled in a few short years, with thousands of people and families on wait lists at every major housing provider.

We learned the shocking numbers around the cost of managing homelessness – just keeping someone alive on the street; with emergency room visits, police encounters, ambulance rides, services, and jail time adding up to a staggering cost of over $100,000 per person per year; balanced against the cost of housing and supporting someone in their own home coming in at around $35,000!

And of course, a statistic that unfortunately has not changed much:  One in four Edmontonians have a hard time affording homes, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on a pace to live, with more than 20,000 households spending over 50% on housing.  And yes, some of those are paying more than 60%.

Some of these challenges are very much still here, and are a reminder to us all that our work is not done.


What has been done thus far?  These events and realities have sparked a real change in the minds of our leaders, and driven a new way of thinking and practice in how we address homelessness in our city.  And that is nothing short of massive!

We have seen Housing First become our leading principle as a city.  No longer do we expect people with addictions or mental illnesses and trauma to get their stuff sorted out before we help them find housing.  Now we say, ‘let’s get you a safe place to call home, and then surround you with the supports and care to help you heal and get back on your feet’.

We’ve made it easier for people looking for help to find it with a no wrong door approach and greater coordination between the different agencies.

As faith communities, we helped develop Welcome Home; a program to support caring volunteers in coming alongside people as they struggled to heal, to overcome challenges, and rebuild their lives.

We have also seen moments of real beauty in the context of supportive housing; with people coming back to life again after years of battling chronic addictions and mental health challenges on the street.

The number of homeless on our streets has dropped from over 3,000 to just over 1,700.  Shelter space usage is also down, with numbers this winter at around 75% capacity on cold winter nights.

And of course, we as faith communities are in the thick of it:

  • We are realizing more and more how important it is to participate in local conversations in our communities.
  • We are hosting workshops on affordable housing and poverty.
  • We are telling each other’s stories.
  • We are getting involved in our community leagues and meeting our neighbours.
  • We are working together with partners to meet the needs of refugees, newcomers to Canada, or families in poverty.
  • We are volunteering in countless places; like Habitat for Humanity; or with Brander Gardens Rocks! Reaching out to low income families with a wide range of partners.
  • We celebrate the example of Millbourne Community Life Centre – who invited a circle of partners to use their space together to provide medical care, cultural training, youth ministry, faith community gatherings, and on and on.
  • We celebrate those faith communities (Beulah Alliance and West Edmonton Christian Assembly) in the West End showing love and care to women in prison, and helping them find their feet again afterward.
  • Westmount Presbyterian Church got all of us thinking as they tore down their aging facility to make room for sixteen large families with a smaller church building next door.  And now we see more than a few faith communities asking the question: How can we create something similar?

And we could go on and on… We haven’t even got to Catholic Social Services, Islamic Family and Social Services Association, Jewish Family Services, or Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

  • Jasper Place Wellness Centre has their medical centre, and a range of different social enterprises helping people rebuild their lives with good work opportunities.
  • We can celebrate the Mustard Seed and their investments in supports and services across the city so that people don’t have to come downtown for help.

We see political alignment on housing solutions at the federal, political and municipal level; with strategies, policies, land investments and dollars moving forward.  Painfully slow, perhaps.  But with people in all these places showing will, heart and courage to make things go.  Our City of Edmonton was recently highlighted internationally as a vanguard city on the front of addressing homelessness for her efforts; an effort which formally recognizes affordable housing as a necessary ingredient for ‘inclusive, diverse and complete communities.’

After nine years, the landscape has changed, and we have plenty of reason to be thankful!

Interfaith Work and Pray Gathering at City Hall, March 27, 2018

Rev. Nick Trussell (Anglican) and Mike Van Boom (CRIHI Housing Ambassador) planned this event at the invitation of a group of five Moravian and Anglican churches journeying together over Holy Week.

Nick remarked on the fittingness of a gathering like this over Holy Week, saying, “just as Jesus lamented over Jerusalem in the days before His crucifixion, so we may lament over our city and the tragic living situation of many of its people. And just as His resurrection brings hope, so we can look forward with hope to better things to come.”

About thirty people from numerous different faith communities came to participate in this gathering, including representatives from Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Wesleyan, Moravian, the Salvation Army, Sai Baba Centre, United, Lutheran, Anglican, Evangelical, Reformed Church of America, and the Christian Reformed Church.

The event was organized around three reflections on the work being done to address homelessness, with an opportunity for people of faith to respond with prayers of thanksgiving, wisdom, courage and hope.

Pictured above: Three of the eight presentations and prayers offered in support of the work being done to address homelessness in Edmonton

CRIHI shared three reflections at the event, focusing in turn on the work past, present and future.  As Mike Van Boom explained: “These are designed to highlight all the work we are all doing together as a city; and not just the work of CRIHI or faith communities.  The emphasis is on the wide circle of partners working together including faith and community groups, service providers, and all levels of government. “

The three reflections will be shared in separate blog posts on CRIHI’s website.

See additional writeups of this event at: