We support our affiliates in researching issue areas affecting their regions, and sharing solutions with each other.
Many of our IAF Northwest affiliates are currently addressing housing affordability including affiliates in Portland, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Missoula, Seattle and Sydney.
We support these alliances in researching creative ways to address long term housing affordability for lower wage workers or people with barriers to housing such as mental health, addictions, or conviction records. Solutions include changing city policies, risk mitigation, and land trust creation.
Our affiliates in Edmonton, Missoula, Calgary and Portland are addressing mental health issues. We support our affiliates in researching and sharing solutions with each other, such as increasing governmental support for mental health services, or brainstorming creative ways to reduce isolation/depression.
The IAF Northwest organizing methodology itself addresses isolation in that it brings people together to share stories and reduce stigmas of societal pressures that may be affecting individuals.