Looking across Canada, it is disturbing how many people are without a healthy place to live. Many in our society, notably the working poor, are unable to find affordable housing while others who are amongst the most vulnerable in our society lack a place called “home”. Similarly, the number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide is more than the population of our own country.

The 2013 Joint Assembly Declaration commits the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada to working together engage issues of homelessness and affordable housing. 

  • to learn about the issues that contribute to poverty, homelessness, and substandard housing and to raise awareness within our communities of the challenges and the potential engagement in supporting initiatives to address these challenges 
  • to act by nurturing and supporting our own networks of agencies and programs with and for the homeless, the under housed, and refugees 
  • to act by exploring new models and working with partners, on innovative approaches to address poverty and homelessness 
  • to advocate for renewed Federal funding, an integrated national collaborative strategy, and greater accountability on the part of provinces and municipalities in addressing underlying causes of homelessness and in providing opportunities for affordable housing 
  • to pray for safe, affordable and adequate housing for all.