2019: Harm Reduction in the House: Conversations on the Edge


Harm Reduction in the House 2019: Conversations on the Edge

UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. – Friday, October 4, 2018
The 9th annual Harm Reduction in the House conference will take place on the 4th of October 2019

Last year our focus was to expand our awareness and practice of self-care to embrace the inclusive dimension of collective care. We explored innovative programs and ways to better our communities, with a focus on how we think about and show our care for each other.

This annual conference focuses on the process, challenges, and advantages of creating and working in housing programs which embrace harm reduction—that is, housing which does not require abstinence from risky behaviors. Over the years we’ve expanded our harm reduction conversations to include additional supportive services and providers who help empower people toward stability in their housing.

This year our theme is CONVERSATIONS ON THE EDGE. Conference presenters will share pioneering, groundbreaking, or trail-blazing ideas.  We’ll celebrate the opportunity to learn unconventional practices we can apply to challenges we face, people we serve, and to ourselves, while exploring possibilities to evolve even further new methods and insights.

Discussion topics will include innovative strategies on timely issues which move beyond the status quo. We’ll look to the wisdom of innovators in our field to inspire change from within.

Harm reduction evolves around creativity. As we work to implement harm reduction within longstanding organizations and environments, we must constantly innovate and push against barriers imposed by funding and standard practices, by complacencies and formulas of convenience and expedition, and the harm of our own stagnancy.

Philosopher-theologian-educator and civil rights leader Howard Thurman wrote about the “growing edge” of life. Of ALL our lives.  “The roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit.”

Please join us for an exciting uplifting day exploring revolutionary ideas as we share CONVERSATIONS ON THE EDGE!

For contact information, questions, comments, or concerns, please email MHRI@heartlandalliance.org