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. 


Professionalism in the Housing Sector

Mary Clarke, General Manager, CIH Canada People who work in affordable housing come from a variety of employment backgrounds – recreation, social work, health care, urban planning, administration, accounting, etc. This means that the people working to make housing affordable such as customer service people, property managers, policy makers, and advocates all bring different experiences,…

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Housing on the Hill Day 2022

Housing on the Hill Day is back and in-person for 2022! The housing sector has seen its share of challenges and opportunities over the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities of our society. Housing affordability, already a major concern for people across the country, is now identified as a top…

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Overcoming the Challenges Facing Rural, Remote and Northern Communities

This past April, the 2022 CHRA National Congress featured an amazing lineup of sessions that delved into some of the biggest issues facing Canada’s housing and homelessness sector. Speakers Zain Abedin, then Director of Community Development with the Rural Development Network and Magda Barrera, Senior Housing Policy Advisor with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario,…

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Indigenous Caucus 101

Do you want to know more about the Indigenous Caucus? Maybe you’re curious about its history and the role it plays at CHRA. Read on to learn more about the Indigenous Caucus and its establishment, purpose, functions, and direction.   Background CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Advisory Caucus was established in 2013 in recognition of the large…

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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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