11:00am – 12:30pm - IDEA LABS: Five Concurrent Workshops
1. Building Inclusive Communities in Halifax Through Strategic Partnerships & Planning (Room: Sable A&B)
Learn about Halifax’s local history, past, present and future – beginning with an overview of a research study out of Dalhousie University of the impacts of gentrification on the social determinants of health in a North End Halifax community of African Nova Scotian heritage. The Housing and Homelessness Partnership, a collaboration of partners from three levels of government, private and non-profit sectors, will discuss their mandate to end homelessness and housing poverty in Halifax. Working alongside stakeholders and community they are committed to greater impact through collective action with a focus on systemic change. Tying community, partnership and resource planning together, the Halifax Regional Municipality will share their work on the Centre Plan of Halifax, and outcomes related to mid-scale development, affordability, local ownership, diversity and inclusionary zoning, and how they integrate flexible planning priorities responsive to community needs.
> Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University (NS)
> Max Chauvin, Chair, Housing and Homelessness Partnership & Miia Suokonautio, Co-Chair, Homelessness Working Group, Housing and Homelessness Partnership & Executive Director, YWCA Halifax (NS)
> Jacob Ritchie, Urban Design Program Manager & Stephanie Mah, Planner I, Halifax Regional Municipality (NS)
Moderator: Kasia Tota, Policy & Strategic Initiatives Principal Planner, Halifax Regional Municipality
2. Social Housing Asset Management & Evaluation Planning (Room: Nova Scotia Ballrorm) *TRANSLATED*
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. Norfolk Housing Association will begin with a discussion on asset management principles in context to the long-term sustainability and viability of the social housing sector following the expiry of operating agreements. Capital planning, asset renewal, governance, operations and strategic planning will all be discussed, along with EOA transition planning. Providing an example of sustainable financing, Quebec’s UTILE, a non-profit organization developing student housing, will discuss their rotating private fund structure, and explain the model to non-profit developers seeking to diversify their financing through high-impact investing. UTILE will further explore alternative routes towards the goal of speeding up the cycle of development for affordable housing. The panel will also share recent research 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, and will highlight SROI case studies on four BC non-profit societies to increase awareness about SROI methodology, evaluation techniques and principles.
> Maya Kambeitz, Executive Director, Norfolk Housing Association (AB)
> Gabriel Fournier-Filion, Development Coordinator, UTILE (QC)
> Tammy Bennett, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning, BC Housing & Kaye Melliship, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Housing Society (BC)
Moderator: Dave Eddy, CHRA Director-At-Large & Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Native Housing Society
3. Interactive Roundtables: Multifaceted Research, Systems & Program Responses to Homelessness (Room: Acadia A&B)
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 Polillo, 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)
Moderator: Christina Maes Nino, Community Animator, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
4. A Critical Dialogue on Affordable Homeownership & the Future of Demand, Development & Market Analysis (Room: Sable C&D)
Affordable homeownership is an essential building block along the housing continuum. As real estate values skyrocket across Canada, and rental vacancy rates are at historic lows, securing appropriate and affordable housing is a significant challenge for many low to middle income Canadians. This session will take the form of a critical dialogue on the role of affordable homeownership from the perspectives of builders, financial lenders, and non-profit housing providers. It will question homeownership issues around regional planning, urban versus rural and Indigenous communities, government plans and priorities, critical partnerships, as well as approaches to impact real estate, the role of private sector investment and ultimately, the long-term financial stability of the affordable homeownership sector.
> Peter De Barros, Vice-President, Government Relations, Habitat for Humanity Canada (Nat’l)
> John Harrop, President & CEO, Attainable Homes Calgary (AB)
> Gary Gould, Former Executive Director, Skigin-Elnoog Housing Corporation (Retired) (NB)
> Marissa Toohey, Manager, Government Relations & Committees, Calgary Region, BILD (AB)
> Kira Gerwing, Manager, Community Investment Impact Real Estate, Vancity (BC)
Moderator: Karen Hemmingson, Chief Research Officer, BC Housing (BC)
5. Responsive Programs Supporting Outcomes in Mental Health & Addictions (Room: Acadia C)
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. 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)
Moderator: Brigitte Witkowski, CHRA Regional Director, Ontario, Former Executive Director, Mainstay Housing (retired)
2:00pm – 3:30pm - Four Concurrent Workshops
1. Case Studies in Social Housing Regeneration & Renewal (Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom) *TRANSLATED*
This session will feature a cross section of what is taking place in social housing and community renewal across Canada, Australia and in the UK. Case studies will feature different projects, and speak to the challenges, approaches, community engagement, partnerships, financial resourcing and results of recent redevelopment efforts.
Presenters include Capital Region Housing in Edmonton, who have embarked on a major renewal of their housing portfolio comprising 4,500 units at 120 locations. Through a rigorous community and stakeholder consultation process, Capital Region Housing will share their experience of the project planning, engagement and concept process, along with outcomes. New South Wales Federation of Housing Associations will speak to a number of case studies in Australia and the UK on winning community acceptance and NIMBY’ism in relation to multi-tenure estate re-design and management projects, while speaking to international trends in social housing renewal practices. The pan-Canadian Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership will also feature a research study out of Dalhousie University on rooming houses in Halifax, and will explore the loss of rooming houses in Halifax and the challenges facing the sector, including the stigmatization of this form of housing and the push for regulatory intervention. Finally, the Québec Municipal Housing Bureau will share the work they are undertaking in Nunavik to renovate housing in 14 northern villages, including the logistics, planning, partnerships with provincial, municipal and regional organizations, and the approach to their mandate. They will also share their most innovative regeneration and renewal projects in Québec city.
> Greg Dewling, CEO, Capital Region Housing (AB)
> Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, New South Wales Federation of Housing Associations (Australia)
> Janelle Derksen, Masters of Planning Candidate & Uytae Lee, Bachelor of Community Design Graduate, Dalhousie University (NS)
> Claude Foster, eng., General Manager, Québec Municipal Housing Bureau (QC)
Moderator: Tash Taylor, CHRA Regional Director Alberta & Executive Director, Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies
2. New Opportunities in Rental Housing Financing (Room: Sable A&B)
One of the biggest policy challenges facing the Canadian affordable housing sector lies in how to create and sustain a viable rental sector that can accommodate the need for low to high-end of market rents.
This workshop will debate the various challenges impacting the lack of rental supply, such as private sector incentives, rental assistance, innovation and federal financing, as well as to raise awareness of the important role the non-profit housing sector can take in filling the low and middle income rental housing void.
You will learn about recent international research undertaken by Focus Consulting Inc. on targeted initiatives to stimulate the rental supply, including new construction versus the redevelopment of the existing supply, and lessons for Canada. Terra Housing will also speak to case study examples of mixed-tenure rental housing developments in relation to real estate risk, private/public partnerships, project fundamentals and pro forma’s, and to the role of non-profits as self-sustaining rental project managers. Rental assistance is an integral piece of enabling affordability in the rental housing market, and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg will further the conversation by sharing the impacts and criticisms of their newly implemented Rent Assist program in Manitoba, comprising a unique design that has expanded access, is portable, and is indexed to median market rent. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will also share early results of their Rental Housing Innovation Fund launched in 2016, and the role it can play in scaling ideas that will reduce the cost of building new rental housing through a portable suite of tools adaptable to regional needs.
> Steve Pomeroy, Principal, Focus Consulting Inc. (Nat’l)
> Simon Davie, Chief Operating Officer, Terra Housing (BC)
> Josh Brandon, Community Animator, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (MB)
> Patrice Tardif, Consultant, Innovation Fund, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Nat’l)
Moderator: Kaye Melliship, CHRA Regional Director, British Columbia & Director-At-Large, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
3. Increasing Housing Stability Through Supportive Services & Tenant Engagement Strategies (Room: Sable C&D)
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)
Moderator: Brian Gilligan, CHRA Director-At-Large & Executive Director of Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing
4. Development Approaches to Getting Affordable Rental Housing Built (Room: Acadia A&B)
Learn about a variety of approaches, partnerships and financing models getting affordable housing built across Canada. You will hear from SvN Architects + Planners who are providing centralized property services to three churches in Winnipeg looking to use their land to develop affordable housing – along with a modular First Nations housing project on reserve. You will also hear about the partnerships, design and capital fundraising campaign Ottawa Salus Corporation undertook to build Karen’s Place on Clementine, a new building offering 42 studio apartments for adults with mental illness and concurrent challenges. The supportive housing project is also built to LEED Platinum and Passive House standards. The Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op will further discuss the evolution of Dugald Estates, a volunteer driven 47-unit, $14.5M housing project recently completed in a rural Manitoba community in response to needs such as aging in place, downsizing, affordability and community living. This project partnered with a local church, the local municipality, a credit union and the Government of Manitoba to deliver co-op housing with 33 percent of units set at below market affordability. It has been driving housing advocacy in the region and is a model for rural areas wishing to retain their seniors in their home communities. Don’t miss this session that will stimulate interesting debate and move the conversation forward on future thinking in terms of building more affordable housing.
> Lesley Thomson, Chair, Springfield Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-op (MB)
> Barbara Myers, Urban Planner, SvN Architects + Planners (ON)
> Lisa Ker, Executive Director, Ottawa Salus Corporation (ON)
Moderator: Linda Ring, CHRA Regional Director, Manitoba & President, S.A.M. (Management) Inc.
Communication Strategies for Community Based Non-Profit Housing & Homelessness Organizations (Room: Acadia C)
Communication plays a key supporting role in ongoing efforts to advocate for affordable and supportive housing and in efforts to end homelessness. But more often than not, those working at the community-level simply don't have the capacity or resources to develop effective communication strategies. In this workshop, participants will learn the step-by-step approach to developing a communication strategy with limited time and resources. This includes the basic elements of a strategy, tips for getting the message out, and handy free tools. The Homeless Hub's use of design and team collaboration will be used as a case study. The workshop will be lead by two experienced communication professionals working in the non-profit housing and homelessness sectors.
> Stephanie Vasko, Director of Communications, The Homeless Hub – Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Nat’l)
Moderator: Kristen Holinsky, Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives, CHRA
11:00am – 12:30am - Five Concurrent Workshops
1. Sustainable Community & Building Design in Nova Scotia (Room: Acadia C)
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)
Moderator: Donald Dodge, Business Development Manager, Efficiency Nova Scotia
2. Building a National Housing Strategy: Continuing to Leverage Sector Input (Room: Sable A&B)
2017 is a pivotal year in the development of a National Housing Strategy. Following a national consultation in 2016, and announcement of funding in the 2017 Budget, this is the year when the federal government will need to make decisions that will impact housing providers for years to come. Hear from this esteemed panel on their thoughts and concerns on the current state of the National Housing Strategy, and what challenges lie ahead.
> Adam Vaughan, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (invited)
> Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, MP, and NDP Housing Critic (invited)
> Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor, City of Winnipeg, and First Vice President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
> Don McBain, Executive Director, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
Moderator: Stéphan Corriveau, CHRA Regional Director Québec & Directeur général, Réseau Québécois des OSBL d’habitation
3. How Research, Business & Municipal Tools Can Create Housing Opportunities in Small/Rural Communities (Room: Sable C&D)
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 & 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)
Moderator: Dan Murphy, CHRA Regional Director, New Brunswick & Executive Director, New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association
4. Housing Systems Responses to Ending Violence Against Women (Room: Halifax Ballroom C)
Ending violence against women requires a collaborative systems approach that includes ending women's homelessness. This session will explore women focused housing solutions that respond to the needs of both the VAW and the homelessness sector, and to the unique intersectional complexities of women’s homelessness. Panelists will consider the state of women’s housing services in various communities, and opportunities will be sought to expand dialogue along policy and advocacy, systems and program lines in order to provide a platform for discussion on systems mapping, coordinated services, funding directions, and political action and lobbying.
You will hear from YWCA Canada, who will discuss emerging housing systems practices to ending violence against women and girls, and will respond to the National Housing Strategy. An emerging VAW women’s housing collaborative will share a new promising model for a coordinated systems response underway in Hamilton and London, Ontario. Discussion will also address a new program supporting Indigenous women fleeing violence being undertaken by the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax.
> Miranda Pierro, Housing Coordinator, Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre/Intensive Case Manager, MOSH - Housing First (NS)
> Abe Oudshoorn, Assistant Professor, Western University (ON)
> Ann Dector, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, YWCA Canada (Nat’l)
Moderator: Dallas Alderson, Manager, Policy and Research, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
5. Applying a Media Lens to Public Policy & Research Outcomes in Housing (Room: Acadia A&B) *TRANSLATED*
This session will provide a unique perspective on housing policy and research initiatives taking place across Canada and internationally, in context to media and advocacy efforts to inform and influence housing policy and investments across multiple orders of government.
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) will detail the range of activities and roles they play in actively informing and supporting policy development and practice change in the sector in Australia, and will give an overview of their current communications, programs and government engagement practices as related to a ‘policy development research’ logic. The BC Non-Profit Housing Association will also speak to their development of a ten-year Affordable Housing Plan for BC, and the association’s advocacy efforts in the lead up to the 2017 provincial election. They will also share an update on the Canadian Rental Housing Index, which examines rental affordability and suitability in nearly 800 jurisdictions in Canada and additional data points in BC communities. Le Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation will further discuss how following the withdrawal of federal funding from the development of social housing in 1994, the Government of Québec developed the Accès-Logis program in collaboration with community partners. By 2015, Quebec had built 27,000 units managed by thousands of volunteers through this program. Twenty years later, you will learn of the impact of the program for Quebeckers, their rights, their health and the economy of Quebec.
The panel will speak to how demonstrating need, monitoring impact and providing high quality evidence based research are key to informing housing policy and advocacy efforts. Online news journalist The Tyee will be on hand to frame the discussion around questions of how media functions as a catalyst for both research and advocacy, while highlighting issues of social relevance, sparking lines of inquiry and managing controversy in relation to a broader public audience.
> Ian Winter, Executive Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (Australia)
> Jill Atkey, Director, Research & Education, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BC)
> Martin Bécotte, Président, Le Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation (RQOH) & Directeur de la Fédération régionale des OSBL-H de la Montérégie et de l’Estrie (FROHME) (QC)
Moderator: Katie Hyslop, Reporter, The Tyee
2:00pm – 3:30pm - Boot Camps: Four Concurrent Workshops
1. Affordable Housing Collaboratives – The Way of the Future (Room: Sable A&B)
How might housing collaboratives impact meaningful change in the housing system? This panel will tell you how through lively discussion on initiatives taking place in Canada and the UK. Horizon Housing will share Calgary’s Community Housing Affordability Collective’s experiences in bringing together representatives across the housing spectrum to bridge gaps and address inefficiencies in the city’s housing system. Housing Alternatives Inc. & Rehabitat Inc. will also speak to the process they went through in New Brunswick to achieve economies of scale in the co-operative housing sector, while the City of Toronto will discuss the partnership model of the Open Door Affordable Housing Program and how it is designed to scale up the city’s affordable housing efforts. South Liverpool Homes will further share how they have managed significant organizational change and program efficiencies by selling services and expertise externally, while promoting internal staff capacity through a people oriented business approach.
The session will provide a short overview by each of the panelists, followed by significant time for Q&A. Discussion will consider various processes of establishing a housing collaborative, gathering key stakeholders, forming partnerships, funding models, capacity, internal operations and efficiency issues – and the potential impacts of scaling collaboratives on the sustainability of the housing sector.
> Kim O’Brien, Executive Director, Horizon Housing Society (AB)
> Kit Hickey, Executive Director, Housing Alternatives Inc. & Rehabitat Inc. (NB)
> Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing, City of Toronto (ON)
> Julie Fadden, President, Chartered Institute of Housing UK & Chief Executive Officer, South Liverpool Homes (UK)
Moderator: Jill Atkey, Director, Research & Education, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
2. Leveraging Private Sector Capacity Towards Social Housing Management (Room: Sable C&D)
Join this team of experts as they share examples of how the private sector can bolster non-profit housing asset and management practices. Robins & Appleby Barristers & Solicitors will discuss partnering with the private sector, and will navigate issues and challenges associated with contract negotiations in context to development, procurement and construction services. Richmond Advisory Services will share examples of their work with co-operatives and non-profits around property management maintenance, prevention and renewal, and will speak to opportunities to take your building to the next level from a business case perspective. And de Stecher Appraisals Ltd. will talk to the value of working with an appraiser, particularly around the expiry of operating agreements, in helping to manage your real estate assets. The talk will explore appraisal for financing and decision making, and cover how zoning/land use controls and market factors impact value, and how appraisers can provide market/affordability analysis.
> John Fox, LLP, Robins & Appleby Barristers & Solicitors (ON)
> Arun Mehta, President & CEO Richmond Advisory Services (Nat’l)
> Adam Dickinson, BBA, AACI, de Stecher Appraisals Ltd. (NB)
Moderator: Daryl Sexsmith, CHRA Regional Director Saskatchewan & Housing Analyst, City of Saskatoon
3. Positioning the Affordable Housing Sector to Deliver Long-Term Solutions (Room: Nova Scotia Ballroom) *TRANSLATED*
This interactive panel will discuss and debate a range of policies, tools and programs underway that are working to position the affordable housing sector to deliver long-term solutions. Panelists will discuss opportunities to shore up the non-profit sector with resources, skills, finances, and partners to build more sustainable business models that will secure asset and program delivery in the affordable housing sector. A critical dialogue on the National Housing Strategy and how affordable housing policies can be better coordinated in alignment with government plans and priorities will also be addressed, as will issues of scaling, infrastructure, banking, research and community investment initiatives.
Critical questions will include: How might we leverage more private and institutional capital for affordable housing? How could we speed and scale the development of more affordable housing in an increasingly constrained fiscal environment, amidst rising housing prices and stagnant incomes? What unconventional opportunities exist to work across silos and shift critical thinking across sectors and governments on housing issues? What does 'modernization' mean, in real terms, for housing providers?
> Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing (BC)
> Andy Broderick, VP, Impact Market Development, Vancity (BC)
> Jeff Evenson, Director, Canadian Urban Institute (ON)
> Martina Jileckova, Vice President, Housing, HomeSpace Society (AB)
Moderator: Kira Gerwing, Manager, Community Investment Impact Real Estate, Vancity
4. Homelessness Prevention and Housing First Strategies for Youth (Note: *2:00pm - 4:00pm*) (Room: Acadia A&B)
Beginning with an overview on the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness’s recently launched framework and toolkit aimed at increasing housing stability and homeless prevention for youth, this interactive session will take the form of a ‘Town Hall’ conversation, aimed at engaging participants on key questions around collective impact, community engagement, and the evolution and uses of Housing First for youth.
Panelists will first provide a brief overview of the strategies they are using to address youth homelessness before opening the conversation to discuss broader key challenges, tools, policies and best-practices. Joining the conversation will be Cornerstone Landing Youth Services who will speak specifically to delivering Housing First for youth in rural communities. Boys and Girls Club of Calgary will share their Home Fire program for Indigenous youth, providing a home where youth can begin to heal, build community and reconnect with culture and family. WoodGreen will discuss a demonstration project they are working on to provide wrap around supports for youth transitioning out of care, and Phoenix Youth will share their approach to community engagement in working with youth in Nova Scotia’s largest social housing community. Customized supports and services will thereby be discussed, along with key prevention tools, with a focus on outcomes and results in preventing and ending youth homelessness.
> Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor, Faculty of Education at York University (ON)
> Terrilee Kelford, 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, Community Partnerships & Program Design, WoodGreen (ON)
> Timothy Crooks, Executive Director, Phoenix (NS)
Moderator: Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada
Us & Them (Room: Acadia C)
Join filmaker Krista Loughton for this special screening, including Q&A.
Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. It begins when filmmaker Krista Loughton is questioned by addictions expert Dr. Gabor Maté about her need to relieve pain in the world. This takes her back in time, when she befriended four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.
> Krista Loughton, Producer, MindFuel Films Inc. (BC)