The Affordable Housing Solutions Lab is based at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. The purpose of the lab is to support Edmontonians in the innovation and development of effective local affordable housing solutions.
This work is undertaken in partnership with a diverse group of housing stakeholders. The aim is to collectively generate and scale up transformational housing solutions suited to the specific needs of individuals, families and neighbourhoods in Edmonton.
The lab itself encompasses a number of different activities. One of the lab’s activities is called the Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program brings together experiential partners, researchers, practitioners, housing providers, policymakers, planners and housing advocates to collaborate over a 6-month term. During this time, Fellows work together to identify and explore innovative affordable housing solutions and to provide the lab direction with regard to community learning activities.
The collective knowledge and depth of diverse housing experience shared amongst our inaugural group of Fellows is unique and reflective of some of the breadth and depth within our local capacity.
We would like to introduce you to some of our fellows. In the weeks to come, we will be sharing a series of blog entries authored by our fellows. These blogs will describe how each of the Fellows became interested in housing and why they think housing is important. In preparing their blogs, we asked each Fellow to respond to the following 3 questions:
1. How did you come to be involved in the field of housing?
2. Why is housing important?
3. In your opinion what is innovative when it comes to affordable housing?