Research & Papers

Indigenous Caucus Day Report 2016

This summary report was developed by our Indigenous Caucus (Formerly Aboriginal Caucus) as part of the CHRA Annual Congress. The report contains information relevent to Indigenous housing providers, such as discussion on financing solutions for Indigneous providers and increasing sustainable housing solutions for Indigenous housing. Click here for our Indigenous Caucus Day report. 

Congress Sessions Series 2017

Four 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.

New Opportunities in Rental Housing Financing 

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 

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. 

Affordable Housing Collaboratives: The Way of the Future 

This paper will consider 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 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.

Strategic Partnerships Advancing the Development of Affordable 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.

Advocating for Changes to the Federal Income Tax Act: Improving the Financial Viability of Non-Profit Housing Providers
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.

Increasing Leadership Capacity in the Non-Profit Housing Sector
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.

Social Impact Measurement: Making the Case for 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.

Innovative Affordable Homeownership Initiatives
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.

Preventing and Addressing Homelessness by Supporting Youth Aging Out of Care
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.

Greening Up! Promising Practices in Housing Sustainability
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.

Building Community Capacity Through Neighbourhood Based Initiatives
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.  

The Rental Housing Index: Building the Evidence We Need to Meet the Housing Needs of Tomorrow
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.  

CHRA Green Housing
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.  

Managing Disaster in Affordable Housing Communities
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. 

Minimizing and Managing Neighbourhood Resistance to Affordable and Supportive Housing Projects
The fourth study identifies strategies for addressing community resistance to new builds, particularly through the addition of affordable, supportive and infill housing. 

Municipal Approaches to Preserving and Growing Affordable Rental Housing in Mid-Sized Communicities
This case study highlights the approaches taken by the City of Fort St. John, British Columbia and the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, in addressing the affordable rental housing needs of their respective communities along with the impacts and outcomes.

Shared Equity Approaches to Affordable Homeownership
The final paper focuses on three different affordable homeownership programs each in Calgary, AB, Duluth, Minnesota, USA and Vancouver, BC that have utilized a shared equity approach to homeownership.

Aboriginal Housing Papers

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) acknowledges the financial contribution of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada for the preparation of these case studies. CHRA is solely responsible for the views and information presented herein. 

Case Study 1: Tsleil Waututh Nation Rent Collection Practices
Highlighting the rent collection best-practices established by the Tsleil Watuth First Nation, this case study explores how community engagement is critical to the development and application of rental and housing policies.

Case Study 2: Innovative Building Permit System Empowers Members of the Prince Albert Grand Council
Prince Albert Grand Council is leading the way in the development of building-code, inspection and design standards, and this case study looks at how this is improving housing conditions and the move toward homeownership for First Nation communities in Saskatchewan.

Case Study 3: Namerind Housing Corporation’s Sustainable Social Enterprise
By aligning social enterprise partnerships with an affordable housing mandate, Namerind Housing Corporation has developed a new business model in order to diversify their revenue streams in support of broader community and social needs.  

Case Study 4: Affordable Homeownership in Alberta with The HOME Program
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Alberta Region is piloting a new program bringing interested First Nations of Alberta and an existing Alberta-based initiative, TheHOME Program, together in support of off-reserve homeownership for First Nations in the province.

Case Study 5: Following the National Building Code Brings Expected and Unexpected Benefits to the Opaskwayak Cree Nation
This case study looks at Opaskwayak Cree Nation’s commitment to the National Building Code, which has brought many expected and unexpected benefits from lowered maintenance costs to improved energy efficiency and air quality along with training and employment opportunities. 

Congress Sessions Series 2013

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