Creating homefullness

A gathering in Toronto on April 1, 2019.

Creating homefullness: A challenge for faith communities
An invitation to be inspired and to engage: Monday, April 1, 2019
Diocese of Toronto Boardroom, 135 Adelaide Street East, 10 am to noon

Did you know:
• Many of the 600,000+ homes created under Canada’s national housing strategy from 1973 to 1993 were built by faith communities?
• The federal government announced $40 billion for new affordable housing in 2017, and almost all of that money has yet to be spent.

Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other communities of faith have been active in housing and homelessness issues and solutions for decades, and there are many good experiences to share. Everyone is welcome on April 1:
1. Hear and share practical stories on how communities of faith are engaged in the practical work of ending homelessness and creating homes.
2. Identify housing and homelessness needs and appropriate solutions.
3. Learn about opportunities to take action.
4. Discuss potential collaborations to multiply the impact of our work.


Elin Goulden is the Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and works both inside the Anglican Church and in the wider community on key priorities including poverty reduction, affordable housing and homelessness and environmental issues, along with Indigenous reconciliation, welcoming refugees and human trafficking.

Michael Shapcott is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness advocates. He is Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre, and has been involved over several decades in front-line work with people who are homeless, the development of affordable housing, housing policy and housing advocacy.

“Home. Homelessness. Longing for home. Our is a culture of displacement, exile and homelessness. Socioeconomic homelessness is growing with many people seeking adequate housing. Ecological homelessness is increasing, with its sense of alienation from a degraded and defiled earth. And a profound spiritual homelessness pervades postmodern culture…”

Steven Bouma-Prediger + Brian Walsh,
Beyond Homelessness

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