In response to the House of Commons Finance Committee’s annual call for recommendations to inform the federal government’s 2019 Budget, CHRA submitted a brief that included four specific recommendations: simplify and extend the Federal Community Housing Initiative; increase investment to build new affordable housing; expand the current Federal Lands Initiative to allow for acquisition of provincial or municipal lands for affordable housing; and develop and implement an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy. CHRA will be seeking an in-person appearance before the Finance Committee this fall to discuss these and other ideas directly with the Committee.
Leaders in the affordable housing and homelessness sectors, come meet one-on-one with Members of Parliament and Senators, hear from leading housing policy experts and network with national housing decision-makers. As the last Housing on the Hill before the 2019 federal election, this is a prime opportunity to share your housing ideas with politicians and help inform electoral positions. Spaces are limited, register early to secure your participation.
A group of provincial non-profit housing associations and CHRA have come together to create a new Alliance, to be known as the Canadian Alliance of Non-Profit Housing Associations (CANPHA). The creation of CANPHA will build on efforts already underway to better represent the interests of the non-profit housing sector in Canada, align positions and share resources amongst constituent members.
During Congress 2018 in April, CHRA once again hosted an International Forum for which a number of Canadian and international housing experts came together to discuss common issues in social and affordable housing.
From that Forum, CHRA has produced a summary report providing an overview of the current state of housing – including broader market housing challenges, jurisdictional reflections, and homelessness – in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
At CHRA’s Annual General Meeting in April 2018, members unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution supporting the development of an Indigenous Housing Strategy for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples. CHRA’s Resolution calls on the Government of Canada to develop a strategy that would set forth an objective of raising the standard of Indigenous housing to that of non-Indigenous Canadians within the next 10 years.
CHRA firmly believes that a robust Indigenous housing strategy should include recognition of the growing need for culturally connected and adequate housing for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples, with a view of housing as an integral part of reconciliation. Housing forms the foundation for vibrant Indigenous communities and remains a positive determinant of health and mental wellbeing, education, early child development, and employment.
For Indigenous, By Indigenous National Housing Strategy released by CHRA and its Indigenous Housing Caucus Working Group
Calling on the federal government to address the housing needs of urban, rural and northern Indigenous families and individuals, including the disproportionate representation of Indigenous Peoples living in homelessness and core housing the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and its Indigenous Housing Caucus Working Group released A For Indigenous, By Indigenous (FIBI) National Housing Strategy.
As the voice of the social, non-profit, and affordable housing sector in Canada, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) was pleased to provide input to the federal government on the design of the legislated right to housing prior to the release of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) in November 2017. In meetings with senior government officials, CHRA advocated strongly for a rights-based approach within the NHS, and captured core characteristics of a rights based approach in a letter to Minister Duclos in September 2017. CHRA is pleased to continue the conversation with the federal government on a legislated right to housing approach through this submission, and through ongoing formal and informal engagement opportunities over the coming months.
At Congress, we unveiled a 50th anniversary video to commemorate our golden anniversary in 2018. Produced in partnership with Yardi Canada, it provides a brief history of the Association, highlights our accomplishments, and showcases several testimonials from sector leaders on our positive impact over the years. Have a…
April 24th Indigenous Caucus: /sites/default/files/20180426-caucus-autochtone-vf.pdf April 25th Opening Ceremonies: /sites/default/files/20180426-speech-achru-vf_0.pdf
CHRA Laments the Lack of an Urban And Rural Indigenous Housing Stream; Seeks Greater Details on National Housing Strategy
In response to today’s federal Budget, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) today lamented the lack of a dedicated funding stream for the housing challenges facing Indigenous peoples living in urban and rural settings. Furthermore, although CRHA continues to applaud the release of the National Housing Strategy by the Prime Minister in November 2017, CHRA had hoped that Budget 2018 would provide new information regarding the status and implementation of the programs announced as part of the National Housing Strategy. See CHRA’s reaction here.
Registration for CHRA’s 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario is officially open! Register before February 24, and you can access the early bird rates. And as always, CHRA members in good standing receive significant discounts on Congress fees. Register today and join the 50th Anniversary celebration at the CHRA National Congress on Housing and Homelessness!
On December 8, CHRA held an online town hall to discuss the federal government’s National Housing Strategy for members. It featured a presentation by Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy, Research and Public Affairs; and Debbie Stewart, Director, Housing Needs from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The town hall allowed CHRA members to ask questions and make comments about the Strategy.
Over the past few weeks, Statistics Canada has released new data from the 2016 census the demonstrate disturbing trends in the state of Indigenous housing and core housing need across Canada. This data reinforces the need to focus on safe and affordable housing supply in the forthcoming National Housing Strategy. See CHRA’s reaction to the census data here.
CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System: Implications for a National Housing Strategy”. This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum. A copy of the report can be found here. (note – the paper is only available in English).
A group of leading anti-poverty, housing, and homelessness advocates today held a press conference on Parliament Hill to call on the federal government to adopt a rights-based approach in its forthcoming National Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategies.
CHRA Marks World Habitat Day by Calling for a National Housing Strategy Focused on the Needs of Canada’s Most Vulnerable
The United Nations has designated October 2 as World Habitat Day in 2017 – this year’s theme is “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”. The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is using this day to remind the federal government that the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations need to lie at the heart of the forthcoming National Housing Strategy, expected to be unveiled in November 2017. Click here for a copy of our communique.
The report summarizing the May 2 Indigenous Caucus Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia is now available. A copy of the report can be found here (copies are only available in English).
CHRA believes that the federal government has an opportunity through continued investment to achieve the objective of every person living in Canada having access to safe, affordable and sustainable housing by 2035; and that the enactment of a National Housing Strategy and an Indigenous Housing Strategy has the potential to address a number of longer-term and structural concerns facing housing providers, and most importantly, their tenants.
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is seeking proposals for the 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, taking place April 24th to April 27th in Ottawa, Ontario. We are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for our concurrent workshop sessions.
One of the advocacy objectives that CHRA has discussed with CMHC is to eliminate barriers within existing Operating Agreements for housing providers who wish to diversify or transition their operating models. In order to better inform our advocacy efforts, CHRA would like to collect specific examples of Operating Agreement barriers. To complete this survey, visit here.