Symposium on the Affordable Housing Crisis in Canada: How Can Churches Respond?
Date: Friday, November 18, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Safe, adequate and affordable housing is a foundation for human health and community wellbeing. Canada is facing an affordable housing crisis.
On Friday, November 18, Justice Ministries is holding an online symposium on Canada’s affordable housing crisis, during which an expert roster of speakers, representing both church and mission agencies, will address key questions such as: What is driving the crisis? Why are some people more vulnerable to housing insecurity? How can churches faithfully respond to housing needs in their community? Join us to discuss these questions on November 18.
Deb Schlichter is the Acting Director, Housing and Homelessness Services City of Brantford, Ontario. She will outline the factors that are most important to understanding the affordable housing crisis and some of the policies that have reduced housing insecurity.
The Rev. Deb Stanbury, former executive director at ARISE Ministry, has ministered to vulnerable youth and women for many years. Deb will talk about the intersection of housing insecurity and domestic violence.
The Rev. Annabelle Wallace will talk about the discernment and journey of Westmount Presbyterian Church in Edmonton, Alberta, now transformed and serving as a place of worship for the congregation and a carbon-neutral affordable housing complex for new immigrants and refugees.
Ainsley Chapman, Executive Director of Evangel Hall Mission, will talk about EHM’s work and vision to support people facing housing insecurity in Toronto. EHM manages two subsidised apartment building (over 130 units) which includes support programs for tenants.