|The recent publication of A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh (Pickwick, 2020) brought together a rich array of essays organized around the themes of home, homelessness, and homecoming.
This four-part symposium seeks to deepen the discussion of home-making and housing. In the face of systemic homelessness that has economic, social, public health, ecological and cultural manifestations, how might we develop more holistic and integrated policies and practices for deeper homefulness in our communities?
Since Canada launched its $40 billion, 10-year National Housing Strategy in 2017, housing insecurity and homelessness have remained in crisis in remote and rural communities, not to mention urban areas. In too many places, the conversation has settled on the least that can be done.
It’s time to focus on home-making—that’s the vision that should drive the actions of governments, housing developers, advocates and activists, faith communities, and others.
Who is this for? Housing workers, advocates, activists, people with direct experience of housing insecurity and homelessness, board members, shelter staff, architects, developers, faith leaders, faith members, politicians, investors, etc.
Format: Four presenters each evening, with moderated break-out room discussions with each presenter.