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. 

Members can submit blogs for consideration. Send an email with your blog idea or submission to Submissions should be a maximum of 750 words, written in first person and address a housing-related issue.


Touring the Ottawa Salus Karen’s place property on Clementine Ave.

By Dana Salvador, Communications Associate, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

On June 26th, the staff of CHRA had the chance to take a tour of Ottawa Salus’ newest 42-unit affordable housing development, “Karen’s place” in Ottawa, Ont. Karen’s place offers its residence an affordable, comfortable and safe place to call home. With full size bachelor suites, common areas for building residents, a community garden, and laundry/washing facilities, the establishment and functioning of this housing project is made possible through $2.3 million of fundraising and donations from several Ottawa Salus donors and partners.

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Norfolk Housing Association – Thoughts on the Mixed Market Housing in Alberta

By Maya Kambeitz, CPHR and Cynthia Mazereeuw. Maya is the Executive Director and Cynthia is the Communications Specialist at Norfolk Housing Association in the Sunnyside area of Calgary, Alberta.

Last month the Government of Alberta released their long awaited housing strategy to a group of housing stakeholders from all over the province. Their announcement includes plans to support housing providers and tenants by allowing greater flexibility via the mixed income model, housing supports, and renewal of existing housing. 

It is an exciting time in the province, to be sure, and one that comes with a lot of pressing need as we grasp our way out from under a deflated economy. 

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CHRA Recommends – A Rights-Based Approach to Housing

By Dominika Krzeminska, Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

On November 22, 2017 the federal government released the National Housing Strategy (NHS), a $40 billion plan with an aim to help ensure that all Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.

Chapter 1 of the NHS, Housing Rights are Human Rights announced that the federal government is taking “additional steps to progressively implement the right of every Canadian to access adequate housing” – a long-awaited action years after Canada had signed onto multiple international treaties, including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recognize housing as a human right.

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