2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada
2018 has seen a significant amount of change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across the country. In the context of a dynamic and changing housing policy framework across the country, the 2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada
report examines the commitments made by provinces and territories in their respective 2018-2019 budgets and highlights recent housing announcements and initiatives underway within specific provinces and territories.
A research paper, three summary briefs, and an infographic have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2018 in Ottawa, ON, with thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.
Life of Tenants Beyond HousingKonrad Czechowski
A home is built on more than just housing. Successful community-building approaches foster sense of belonging among tenants to reduce isolation often faced by vulnerable persons.
Konrad Czechowski & Ayda Agha
How are housing organisations responding to new opportunities and responsibilities in the changing operating environment
Four summary papers have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2017 in Halifax, NS, thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.
Examining the current and international context of Canada’s housing situation to understand the opportunities which exist, including new opportunites for rental housing financing. With contributions from real estate developers, social planning councils, and the CMHC.
Positioning the Affordable Housing Sector to Deliver Long-term Solutions featured a discussion about policies, tools and programs underway that are working to position the affordable housing sector to deliver long-term solutions.
This paper will focus on critical dialogue on the role of affordable homeownership from the perspectives of builders, financial lenders, and non-profit housing providers.
This paper considers various processes of establishing a housing collaborative, gathering key stakeholders, forming partnerships, funding models, capacity, internal operations and efficiency issues – and the potential impacts of scaling collaboratives on the sustainability of the housing sector.
Congress Sessions Series 2016
Four summary papers have been developed based on workshop sessions held at Congress 2016 in Montreal, QC, thanks to the generous support and contribution of BC Housing.
Showcasing five unique partnerships from across Canada and in Paris, France, this paper highlights how land use planning, multi-agency and inter-governmental partnerships, cultural consultation, strategic financing and transit oriented development have been used to deliver affordable and supportive housing in the face of political, economic and social barriers.
This paper examines the requirements to acquire and maintain a non-profit organizations tax exempt status, and looks at the practical questions and concerns when considering revenue diversification – as well as a review of pathways to possibilities for tax policy changes.
Responding to Homelessness Needs Through Housing
Learn about successful approaches taking place in Montreal, St. John’s and Ottawa in supportive housing and homelessness prevention, focused on access to stable housing through broad housing sector engagement, a multi-organizational approach to Housing First, and strong on-site supports respectively.
Beginning with an overview of recent research exploring current and future competency needs within the sector, this paper goes on to highlight Canadian and international best-practices in organizational leadership capacity, and how to manage Board/CEO relationships.
Congress Sessions Series 2015
The following papers are based on six workshops presented at CHRA’s Congress 2015 in Winnipeg, MB, and have been developed with the generous support of BC Housing.
This workshop focused on the how and why of measuring the social impact of investment in affordable housing from three perspectives: a housing provider, a provincial government agency and a financial institution.
Highlighting the work of three organizations respectively in Abbotsford, BC, Winnipeg, MB and Toronto, ON this paper showcases affordable homeownership strategies, including programs for off-reserve First Nations, partnerships addressing limited land use, and unique design principles.
This paper examines the relationship between homelessness and youth aging out the child welfare system, as well as street-level agency impacts and responsive program design, and the debate for systematic change in addressing policy, awareness and input on youth homelessness.
This session highlights two unique approaches, one by a social enterprise, the other by a non-profit housing provider, utilizing a variety of methods to improve energy efficient retrofits resulting in lower operating costs and increased affordability.
Two initiatives, one situated in Fresno, California, U.S., the other in Saskatoon, SK, provide powerful proven demonstrations of how associations, institutions and residents are collaborating at the local level towards the development of affordable housing and social cohesion.
Using an interactive map to present rental housing data for communities across Canada, the Rental Housing Index, designed and developed by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association in partnership with Vancity Credit Union, is a one of a kind tool created to fill a gap in community rental market information.
Congress Sessions Series 2014
Six workshop topics, originally presented at CHRA’s 2014 Congress in Edmonton, AB have been developed into case studies. Thank you to BC Housing for providing the funding that made this possible.
The first study looks at affordable housing providers that have been early adopters of measures that contribute to developing more sustainable communities.
Enabling Safe and Inclusive Communities Through Housing
The second published session highlights three projects where housing is the catalyst for urban inner-city neighbourhood regeneration: the preservation of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side for low-income residents, plans for a new Edmonton community built on the site of a decommissioned airport, and the renewal of a downtown Winnipeg neighbourhood.
The third featured session examines three recent Canadian disasters that significantly affected affordable housing properties and tenants. It presents lessons learned from the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, the 2011 Slave Lake forest fires, and the 2010 building fire of a large Toronto Community Housing Property.
The fourth study identifies strategies for addressing community resistance to new builds, particularly through the addition of affordable, supportive and infill housing.
Congress Sessions Series 2013
Canada’s three northern territories occupy 40% of Canada’s land mass, but are home to roughly 100,000 residents in 83 separate communities. Housing is far more expensive to deliver in the North and critical pieces of the traditional housing continuum available to the rest of Canada are absent.
Summary of three social housing projects that have undergone substantive transformations in recent years, with considerable improvements in community safety, social cohesion and other social and economic outcomes.
Using brief case studies, this paper focuses on the critical role affordable housing plays in supporting the economic, social and civic success of immigrant newcomers to Canada.
Highlighting the roles different forms of social finance have played in the development of three affordable housing communities in Canada, and identifying best practices and lessons learned for social housing providers.
Addressing some of the challenges and opportunities as Operating Agreements begin to expire and the different approach by Aboriginal housing providers.
2012 EOA Simplified Assessment Tool
The tool is designed to analyze single projects, and allows small providers to undertake two types of assessments: (a) determining project viability; and (b) examining capital reserve adequacy.
The Simple Assessment Tool provides the first step in helping social housing providers to identify the challenges they may face post-expiry of federal operating agreements, and is accompanied by the companion document Addressing the Expiring Subsidy Challenge, providing more information on various options your organization can explore based on the outcomes.