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DAY ONE AM – Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

11:00am – 12:30pm - IDEA LABS: Five Concurrent Workshops

1. Building Inclusive Communities in Halifax: How Strategic Partnerships Can Enable Unified Approaches 

> More information coming soon.

2. Social Housing Asset Management & Evaluation

This workshop will look at the types of capital management challenges in portfolio growth that can be anticipated along project cycles, and will consider different approaches to asset management and evaluation. Quebec’s UTILE, a non-profit organization developing student housing, will discuss the rotating private fund structure they use, and will explain the model and financial workings to non-profit developers seeking to diversify their financing through high-impact methods of investing. UTILE will further explore alternative routes to reach similar results, towards the goal of speeding up the cycle of development for affordable housing. The panel will also share recent research commissioned by BC Housing on how Social Return on Investment (SROI) goes beyond accounting for value added strictly in financial terms, and will consider why a non-profit housing provider may want to use an SROI approach, will highlight SROI case studies on four BC non-profit societies, and will increase awareness about SROI methodology, evaluation techniques and principles.

> Tammy Bennett, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning, BC Housing & Kaye Melliship, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Housing Society (BC)

> Gabriel Fournier-Filion, Development Coordinator, UTILE (QC)

> More speakers still to be announced.

3. Interactive Roundtables: Multifaceted Research, Systems and Program Responses to Homelessness

Join this unique interactive workshop that will allow delegates to participate in three of six thirty-minute roundtable discussions of your choice. Each roundtable will provide an intimate, focused presentation, through small group discussion. Topics are on research, program and evaluation responses that will bring valuable insight and understanding to issues such as community needs, impacts, strategies and tools currently being used in homelessness prevention across Canada.

a) Family Homelessness: The Impacts and Experiences of Parents and Youth

Family homelessness is a growing social problem across Canada. The objective of this session is to describe what life is like for families experiencing homelessness in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the struggles that parents and youth face in returning to the community. In doing so, domains where families need greater support, and how service programs and providers can intervene to help families to return to the community will be highlighted.

> Alexia Polilio, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa (ON) & Nick Kerman, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa (ON)  

b) Legal ID Clinics: Providing ID for the Homeless

Calgary Legal Guidance’s Homeless Outreach Program consists of a lawyer and a social advocate who run weekly ID Clinics for low or no income people. The ID can support people in attaining government ID, filing taxes, renting an apartment, travel, transit, employment and social benefits. This presentation will provide information on how to organize and run an ID Clinic, and the impacts and implications on urban homelessness and the lack of identification.  

> Rachel Shepherd, Homeless Outreach Advocate, Calgary Legal Guidance (AB)

c) Predicting Long-Term Homelessness Through Coordinated Community-Based Research

This session will present research stemming from a community-academic research project between McGill University and the Old Brewery Mission shelter in Montreal. The study examines whether we can use characteristics measured at the time of shelter entry to predict long stretches of homelessness. The study dispels preconceived ideas, and guides community interventions and program design for emergency and transitional shelters.

> Annie Duchesne, Research Coordinator & Nestor Arcia, Research Assistant, Old Brewery Mission (QC)

d) Trustee Services As A Means Of Eviction Prevention

In this presentation Metro Non-Profit Housing Association’s Halifax Housing Help: Trustee Service team will share their experience of providing housing stability and financial management, and will outline program processes and eviction prevention strategies. The team will share case reports of eviction prevention and benefits of trusteeship, with an emphasis on the team approach the strategy emphasizes.

> Beth McIsaac, Manager Programs and Services & Donnie Bennett, Trustee Services Officer & Rebecca Stapleton, Finance and Administrative Officer, Halifax Housing Help (NS)

e) A Vision for Performance Evaluation: Developing Indicators to Better Measure Housing Stability

The presentation provides an overview of the Calgary Homeless Foundation's review of its performance evaluation framework. New key performance indicators and data-informed benchmarks for measuring housing stability for chronic and episodic individuals and families will be reviewed, along with how data can be used to more effectively define results for local populations.

> Janice Chan, System Planner, Calgary Homeless Foundation (AB) 

f) Using Innovative Assessment Tools to Address Youth Homelessness in Canada

In this session, you will be introduced to two innovative assessment tools currently being used to prevent youth homelessness. The first is a youth homelessness prevention tool developed by The Upstream Project, the Student Needs Survey, the second, The Youth Assessment Prioritization was developed as a response to perceived limitations of assessing the needs of youth in a Housing First context. Early results of testing, and time for Q&A will be the focus.

> Elisa Traficante, Project Manager, Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof (Nat’l) & Wally Czech, Director, Training, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (Nat’l)

4. A Critical Dialogue on Affordable Homeownership Programs & the Future of Demand, Development & Market Analysis

> More information coming soon.

5. Responsive Programs Supporting Outcomes in Mental Health & Addictions

What is peer engagement and why should organizations hire individuals with lived experience to better support their programs in mental health and addictions outcomes? This workshop will begin with this discussion, contextualizing community engagement by means of establishing peer-to-peer relationships with tenants and clients from both a practitioner perspective working with both the Lived Experience Advisory Counsel of Canada, and Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. Next, Mainstay Housing will present their pilot program for ex-Military/Veterans providing housing supports for personnel experiencing PTSD, addictions and mental health issues. How the program began and has grown to include rapid access to permanent housing, flexible site based eviction prevention, and harm reduction and tenant focused community development activities will be shared – along with the peer support program that has helped to improve the quality of life and health, and rates of personnel reuniting with their families. Share, Support and Recovery, along with Pathways Cape Breton will then share their partnership model with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Department of Community Services in relation to how their Employment and Training streams lead to employment and increased housing stability for individuals experiencing mental health and addictions issues.

> Alden Wiebe, Chair, Lived Experience Circle Winnipeg & Chair, Lived Experience Advisory Counsel of Canada & Peer Engagement Specialist, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (MB)

> Kimberley Ellsworth, Manager, Tenant & Member Services & Michael Binful, Supportive Housing Worker, Mainstay Housing (ON)

> Shaun MacLean, Executive Director, Pathways Cape Breton & Jacqueline Holmes, General Manager, Pathways to Employment (NS)


DAY ONE PM – Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

2:00pm – 3:30pm - Four Concurrent Workshops

1. Case Studies in Social Housing Regeneration & Renewal

This session will feature a number of initiatives from across Canada in which major social housing renewal and redevelopment projects have been undertaken. More information coming soon.

> Greg Dewling, CEO, Capital Region Housing (AB)

> Janelle Derksen, Masters of Planning Candidate & Uytae Lee, Masters of Planning Candidate, Dalhousie University (NS)

> Mr. Claude Foster, eng., General Manager, Québec Municipal Housing Bureau (QC)

2. New Opportunities in Rental Housing Financing

In this workshop you will learn about a number of recent initiatives impacting rental housing financing, including CMHC’s new Rental Housing Innovation Fund, Manitoba’s new Rent Assist program, an international review of rental housing financing strategies, and BC Housing’s approach to mixed-model rental housing development. More information coming soon.  

> Josh Brandon, Community Animator, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (MB)

> Patrice Tardif, Consultant, Innovation Fund, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Nat’l)

> Steve Pomeroy, Principal, Focus Consulting Inc. (Nat’l)

> Karen Hemmingson, Chief Research Officer, BC Housing (BC)

3. Increasing Housing Stability Through Supportive Services & Tenant Engagement Strategies

What does a small supportive housing organization with seventy tenants in six buildings across Halifax and Dartmouth – an affordable housing provider in Saskatoon serving a largely Aboriginal population across their 390 properties – and a partnership between the largest non-profit housing provider in Edmonton and a BC based tenant education initiative growing across Canada – have in common? Their drive and commitment to tenant engagement!

Join Metro-Non-Profit Housing Association in Halifax who will discuss their unique approach to small scale, grassroots tenant engagement through their Placement and Continuing Care services. Their housing support drop in centre will also be discussed, along with how they work to integrate tenants into building management and strategic planning and decision making processes. Camponi Housing in Saskatoon will also be on hand to talk about their Tenant Engagement Strategy, Wrap Around Services Program and Family Immersion Program for their largely Aboriginal tenant base. They will share feedback on their work to develop community cooperatives, recent partnerships with Friendship Centres, and skills and financial training and reconciliation through culturally relevant engagement strategies. Also, Ready to Rent BC and Capital Region Housing Corporation in Edmonton will talk about two education programs increasing housing stability through healthy and successful rental tenancies and ownership. RentSmart and the Home Program have been well-received, and are each built on adult education principles that meet learners where they are. You will hear about the development of these programs, their impact and scaling Canada-wide.

> Carol Charlebois, Executive Director, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association (NS)

> Angela Bishop, Chair & Heather Rattanavong, Wrap Around Services Coordinator, Camponi Housing Corporation (SK)

> Kristi Rivait, Co-Executive Director, Ready to Rent BC & Esther de Vos, Director, Policy, Research and Strategic Initiatives & Katie MacDonald, PhD Research & Policy Analyst, Capital Region Housing Corporation (BC & AB)

4. Development Approaches to Getting Affordable Rental Housing Built

> More information coming soon.


DAY TWO AM – Thursday May 4th, 2017

11:00am – 12:30am - Five Concurrent Workshops

1. Sustainable Community & Building Design in Nova Scotia

What is taking place in Nova Scotia in terms of sustainable building, program and community design? This workshop will share perspectives from municipal, provincial and community projects underway. Join first Housing Nova Scotia, who will discuss three pilot initiatives they are working on in building to Passive House standards towards a vision of sustainable affordability. Learn about their current projects, construction methods and how the province is ushering in this growing movement in North America. Halifax Regional Municipality will also join us to talk about HRMs Solar City program, a unique financing tool that helps property owners in HRM mitigate the upfront capital costs of solar energy systems. They will also discuss their Community Energy Plan, and efforts moving forward to address sustainability and energy affordability within the built environment. Finally, merging the built model with sustainable, ‘complete community planning’ principles, The Village on Main in Dartmouth will share what the Main Street Business Improvement District is undertaking to transform a once commercial area into a thriving urban centre. Learn about the design process and vision for Dartmouth’s Main Street, and the extensive community consultations that are encouraging a view towards increasing mixed-use, affordable densification. Seeking to minimize gentrification, Village on the Main is a model of re-development that integrates community and business needs, while environmentally sustainable built design, construction, land use planning, and middle income residential development are prioritized.

> Ramzi Kawar, Manager, Building Design, Housing Nova Scotia (NS)

> Adam Hayter, Energy Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality (NS)

> Greg Fong, Director of Business Development, LightSail Canada (NS)

2. Building a National Housing Strategy: Continuing to Leverage Sector Input

Following the 2017 federal Budget that promises to invest heavily in social infrastructure, including rental, non-profit and affordable housing – what results have been achieved? This panel will review National Housing Strategy input from across the pan-Canadian social housing sector and will provide a platform for continued discussion.

What role can stakeholders continue to play so that low-income and vulnerable Canadians are best served? What political priorities will best help the sector to evolve and carry their work forward? And do program and system threats remain that may reduce the possible impact of this new funding?

Don’t miss this discussion, providing insights on key questions that will ultimately shape how business is conducted in the social housing sector for many years to come.

> Panelists to be announced.

3.  How Research, Business & Municipal Tools Can Create Housing Opportunities in Small/Rural Communities

Standard approaches to understanding and managing affordable housing and homelessness issues aren’t necessarily appropriate for small/rural communities. In this session you will hear approaches from the research, business and municipal perspectives on how data collection, business development and municipal tools can be used to leverage affordable housing options in small/rural communities.

Insight on two community based research projects undertaken in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia will be shared – a service-based count and rental housing inventory. These projects will illustrate how national uniform data collection strategies may not be best suited to rural communities, while showcasing the tools used to undertake the research and multi-sectoral partnership established for this project. The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) will also share how they grew from a voluntary university-led initiative into a non-profit working to redefine the limitations on building affordable housing in resource driven communities through their Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI). Offering business, feasibility analysis, financial and stakeholder leadership, ARDN is a solution generator paving the way for smart, sustainable growth in support of seniors, families and singles in rural Alberta. Finally, you will hear from CitySpaces Consulting Ltd., who will share the work they do in small/rural communities in the north and west coast of BC. With planning and development consulting experience, you will learn about scalable methodologies and tools for municipalities (policy, zoning, strategies, business cases, plans etc.) to support communities with their affordable housing development needs.

Case studies, research tools and strategies alike will be shared with participants in this workshop showcasing the realities – and practical solutions – to the business and community needs of small and rural communities across Canada. 

> Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor, Cape Breton University & Janet Bickerton, Health Promoter, Nova Scotia Health Authority & Fred Desveaux, Executive Director, Cape Breton Community Housing Association (NS)

> Joshua Benard, Project Manager, Sustainable Housing Initiative, Alberta Rural Development Network (AB)

> Jada Basi, Manager of Housing and Community, CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. (BC)

4. Systems Responses to Ending Women’s Homelessness

> More information coming soon.

5. Applying Research to Public Policy Outcomes in Housing

> More information coming soon.


DAY TWO PM – Thursday, May 4th, 2017

2:00pm – 3:30pm - Boot Camps: Four Concurrent Workshops

1. Affordable Housing Collaboratives – The Way of the Future

This panel will take the form of a lively discussion on sector collaborative initiatives taking shape across Canada and in the U.S. The session will offer working knowledge of various processes of establishing a housing collaborative, and will share case study experiences of gathering key housing stakeholders, forming partnerships, funding, capacity and efficiency issues. Forms of collective action, along with the challenges, setbacks and delays experienced will be discussed, along with how collaboratives can make meaningful systemic housing improvements. More information coming soon.

> Kim O’Brien, Executive Director, Horizon Housing Society (AB)

> Kit Hickey, Executive Director, Housing Alternatives Inc. & Rehabitat Inc. (NB)

> Greg Russ, Executive Director/CEO Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MN, USA)

> More panelists still to be announced.

2. Leveraging Private Sector Capacity Towards Social Housing Management

Session themes will include information on how to prepare a complex request for proposals, the role of appraisers in property transformation, and understanding property management and real estate advisory services.

> Panelists to be announced.

3. Positioning the Affordable Housing Sector to Deliver Long-Term Solutions

> More information coming soon.

4. Homelessness Prevention and Housing First Strategies for Youth

Showcasing the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness’s newly launched comprehensive prevention framework aimed at increasing housing stability, panelists will showcase models utilizing specific prevention interventions that have a direct link to reducing homelessness for youth in communities across Canada. Change management models of homelessness prevention will be featured, as well as an opportunity to map best-practices, and share learnings, challenges and outcomes. More information coming soon.

> Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor, Faculty of Education at York University (ON)

> Tim Crooks, Executive Director & Valerie Shapiro, Director of Community Programs, Phoenix Youth (NS)

> Terrilee Kelford, Vice-Chair, Cornerstone Landing Youth Services (ON)

> Kim Kakakaway, Home Fire Housing Support Worker & Heidi Walter, Manager of Youth Housing, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary (AB)

> Matthew Dewar, Manager of Community Partnerships & Program Design, WoodGreen (ON)

Moderator: Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada (Nat’l)

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