Blueprint for Housing
Over the past several years, Canada has witnessed significant change in community housing, including a significant reengagement of the federal government. Given this change, in mid 2021, CHRA announced the launch of a "Blueprint for Housing" initiative.
CHRA’s Blueprint for Housing is an extensive policy document that will help inform CHRA’s advocacy efforts over the coming decade as we work towards our goal of ensuring that all who live in Canada have access to safe, affordable, appropriate housing.
Informed by an extensive consultation process with CHRA members, housing leaders, and stakeholders, the Blueprint for Housing was born of a sector-wide realization: that existing housing policies and programs are not doing enough to ensure that all who live in Canada have homes that are affordable and meet their needs. The Blueprint outlines the key issues facing Canada’s community housing sector and identifies 27 recommendations to address them.
The Blueprint exercise took place over three phases:
Phase 1: Development of a background document containing key questions (Summer/Fall 2021)
Phase 2: Engagement with CHRA members and expert stakeholders (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)
Phase 3: Development of a report presenting proposals (Winter-Summer 2022)
The Blueprint for Housing document was released to the public on September 7, 2022.
For more information on the Blueprint for Housing, contact Jacob Gorenkoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing on the Hill Day
Housing on the Hill Day takes place each fall and gives CHRA members the chance to meet with Members of Parliament and hear from key federal decision makers. Housing on the Hill Day is an invaluable opportunity to dialogue with MPs and Cabinet Ministers in order to communicate challenges and priorities of the community housing sector.
Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy
The pursuit of an urban, rural, and northern (URN) Indigenous housing strategy is a top advocacy objective for CHRA and the CHRA Indigenous Caucus. CHRA's proposal for such a strategy rests on the "For Indigenous, By Indigenous" framework unveiled in 2018, which remains the cornerstone of our vision for an URN Indigenous housing strategy.
To amplify our advocacy efforts, in 2020, the CHRA Indigenous Caucus launched the "For Indigenous, By Indigenous" campaign designed to promote the issue and provide people with a chance to share their views with federal election officials. Check out the website and make your voice heard on the need for an urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing plan.
In the lead-up to the 2021 federal election, a group of national housing and homelessness organizations worked together to launch the Vote Housing campaign, designed to promote affordable housing issues and concerns.
Get involved! Pledge to vote housing in the next federal election, volunteer, learn about the issues. Visit www.votehousing.ca to learn more!