About us

Everyone deserves a place to call home

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association was established in 1968 as a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the social housing sector. Our mission is to ensure all Canadians have an affordable, secure and decent place to call home. Adequate housing provides a stable foundation from which people, communities and Canada as a whole can prosper and so we advocate for improved housing policies and programs that keep housing affordable and end homelessness. We support a sustainable housing profession and work to connect the broader sector, as well as our members, who collectively house and serve hundreds of thousands of people living in or seeking affordable housing.
Our Story
Back in the mid-sixties, a group of concerned urban renewal professionals in Toronto became members of the Upper New York State Chapter of the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and from this nucleus, in 1968, the Canadian Association of Housing & Renewal Officials (CAHRO) was born. Since then, our name has changed but the ideals that brought us together are still at our core; for over 50 years, we have been working to bring affordable housing issues and solutions to the attention of decision-makers. 
Our Goals
CHRA is the national voice in Canada speaking on the full range of issues related to affordable, social and non-profit housing. We center everything we do around four key pillars:
  • Keeping homes affordable
  • Ending homelessness
  • Renewing our communities
  • Supporting a sustainable housing profession
Fostering collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders is central to our success, and our strength comes from our members. As a national membership-based organization, we represent members from every Canadian province and territory. Our members include: 
  • Affordable and social housing providers, owners and managers
  • Indigenous housing providers
  • Municipalities
  • Provincial and territorial housing departments
  • Housing associations and networks
  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Business partners
  • Individuals, including retired housing professionals
  • Early career professionals