The Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative has invited representatives from all three levels of government, and all political parties to 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.

Four Critical Priorities to be discussed
CRIHI names the following as critical priorities in addressing the current shortage of affordable and supportive housing:

  • Portable Housing Benefit. A direct help for the 20,000+ households paying more than 50% of monthly income to rent.
  • Land, capital, and Long-term support funding for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). PSH has proved 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.
  • Increased funding for Mobile Support Workers (Ie. Home Care, Housing First support teams)
  • A vision for the way ahead: Support and encourage Canadian housing providers to shift efforts toward the Netherlands model.

September 6, 2018

Evangel Pentecostal Assembly
4461 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB