Blog Series | Social, Non-Profit and Affordable Housing

Our blog series provides first-hand accounts, insights and perspectives by our staff, members and board members on issues and news related to social, non-profit and affordable housing in Canada. 

We encourage CHRA members to submit blog posts on housing-related issues. We're also always on the lookout for subjects for our ‘CHRA Member Profiles’ series, which examines innovative service models and approaches in the community housing sector. Contact Communications Manager Leah Blunden at lblunden@chra-achru.ca with your blog idea or to request that we feature your organization in a CHRA Member Profile. 


Reflections on the 2022 CHRA Virtual Congress

The 2022 CHRA Congress was originally planned as an in-person event in Quebec City; it would have been our first since the beginning of the pandemic. We had been looking forward to seeing our members, colleagues, and friends in person. In January, we were disappointed when we had to make the decision to switch to…

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Congratulations to the 2022 CHRA National Awards winners!

Everyone deserves recognition for a job well done. Each year, the CHRA National Awards encourage and celebrate excellence in the Canadian housing and homelessness sector by honouring exceptional people and programs that help ensure a safe and affordable home for all. This year’s winners truly are an inspiration. Read on to learn about our 2022…

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CHRA Member Profile: Surrey Place

‘CHRA Member Profiles’ is a feature on the CHRA blog that examines innovative service models and approaches in the community housing sector. Surrey Place provides a variety of services and supports to people of all ages with developmental disabilities, autism, and special needs. Operating across five locations in the Toronto region, Surrey Place is often…

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What to expect at the 2022 CHRA National Congress

The 54th Annual CHRA Congress is less than three weeks away! The past several weeks have flown by for the CHRA team as we put the finishing touches on the Congress program and get ready to welcome you to our virtual Congress environment. Read on to see why this year’s Congress is a must-attend event!…

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The 2022 Federal Budget: Our recommendations

Recently, CHRA and the CHRA Indigenous Caucus submitted their respective recommendations for federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s pre-budget consultation process. With the imminent release of the 2022 federal Budget, CHRA is optimistic that the Budget will introduce funding and programs to address the key priorities identified by CHRA, the Indigenous Caucus and its members. Read…

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CHRA Member Profile: Extend-A-Family Kingston

‘CHRA Member Profiles’ is a feature on the CHRA blog that examines innovative service models and approaches in the community housing sector. Extend-A-Family Kingston (EAFK) provides access to services, supports, programming, and more to individuals with disabilities and their families in Southeastern Ontario. In this CHRA Member Profile, we’ll learn about EAFK and how it…

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The 2022 CHRA National Congress: A preview

We’re getting ready to host the 54th Annual CHRA Congress, April 26-28 and we’re excited to welcome hundreds of housing and homelessness sector professionals to our virtual space for two full days of Congress programming and two full days of pre-Congress events and courses. Read on to learn more about what’s on offer at the…

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Creation of Non-profit Housing Development Corporations

Cahdco’s Solution to the CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge There is a lack of development capacity in the non-profit and co-operative sector to meet the need for affordable housing in Canada. Specifically, pre-development activities such as securing sources of funding or financing, identifying project partners, and developing a financially viable concept can be major barriers. Cahdco’s solution…

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6 steps to becoming retrofit ready

Lindsay Telfer, Manager of Capacity Development for FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Rising energy and utility costs are creating energy poverty for 17% of residents in non-market housing who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners Network (CUSP) measures this as households paying 6% or more of after-tax income on…

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CHRA Member Profile: Options Bytown

Options Bytown serves those experiencing homelessness by providing safe, stable, permanent housing and supports. In this CHRA Member profile, we’ll learn more about Options Bytown and its dedication to serving its community.

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