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Jun 28, 2018

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. 

Jun 21, 2018

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.

Jun 18, 2018

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.

May 30, 2018

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.

Feb 27, 2018

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.

Jan 25, 2018

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!

Click here to visit the Congress 2018 Website!

Jan 04, 2018

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.

Dec 08, 2017

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.

Nov 22, 2017

The federal government today unveiled Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy, a historic plan which contains a series of policies and programs that puts the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations at its core. 

Read CHRA's response here.

Nov 01, 2017

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).

Oct 16, 2017

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.

The joint press release can be found here.

Oct 02, 2017

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.

Sep 28, 2017

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). 

Aug 15, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) invite you to: Housing on the Hill Day 2017, October 17, 2017

CHRA and CAEH are once again teaming up to host “Housing on the Hill” 2017 on Tuesday, October 17.  With over $15 billion in investments in social and affordable housing and homelessness programs contained in the 2017 Budget, and with a National Housing Strategy to be unveiled shortly, Housing on the Hill provides a timely and unique opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament to seek out their support, raise awareness, and set the stage for additional investments in housing in future years.

Aug 08, 2017

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.

Please click here for our recommendations and full submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of the Pre-Budget Consultations.

Jul 31, 2017

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.

Click here for more information.

Jul 28, 2017

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

Jun 27, 2017

CHRA has written the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indiginous and Northern Affairs, with 2 sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy this fall.

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