Edmonton Inner City Housing Society
Organization profile published 1984

Year Published:  1984
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX3003

The SOCIETY is a "community-based housing development group committed to providing a long-term supportive and afforadable housing for the disadvantaged and homeless of the inner city." Incorporated in June, 1983, it is supported by community and church groups such as the Food Bank and the Marian Centre. Operating funds have come from among others, the Social Justice Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Clifford E. Lee Foundation. Volunteer work is done by a 10-person executive committee, with a range of community, professional and volunteer experience, four working committees responsible, respectively, for user-group development and liason, housing acquisition, fundraising, and finance and one paid staff person.

The first project, for ex-psychiatric patients, was recently submitted to Canada Mortgage and Housing for funding. A needs survey had isolated a group of expatients with capacity for independent living but with a need for some support as one group for which available accommodaiton for the disadvantaged, short-term and criss-oriented, did not serve well. The aim is to provide supoort, stability, affordaiblity and decent housing in small non-institutional, participatory settings. Two houses with a capacity of five beds each are sought for rehabilitaiton.

To operate without paide staff at the low end of market for the district the project requires voluntary work not only on the standing committees but in its daily operations, through visits, attendance at house-meetings, etc. In addition, groups and organizations have pledged voluntary assistance to provide necessary help and services for residents.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1984.

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