What's New in the Community Housing Sector

          On September 29, the CHRA hosted the annual Housing on the Hill Day in a virtual format. Almost 40 MPs met with housing delegates across Canada to discuss issues that matter most to the community housing and homelessness sector.

The day kicked off with a Thought Leaders Panel with Carole Saab, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Leilani Farha, Global Director, Making the Shift, and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing; Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament, Vancouver East, and NDP Critic for Housing; and Jocelyn Formsma, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres, moderated by Canadian Press journalist Jordan Press.
It was a great opportunity to hear directly from senior national housing leaders and officials giving us their take on what community housing should look like in a post-pandemic Canada.

Keep your eyes peeled on the CHRA’s website for a summary and recording of the event.

Today, the Centre takes a moment to acknowledge and stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on Orange Shirt Day. We recognize and honour the injustices Indigenous Peoples faced in Residential Schools, and we reiterate our commitment to Reconciliation. To learn more, and how you can support, visit their website.

Interviews & Features

Meet Hope Jamieson, our New Program Manager

From humble beginnings couch surfing and sleeping in her car, to becoming the second-youngest person to be elected to St. John’s city council, our Newfoundland and Labrador project manager has a first-hand experience of housing precarity. Read the interview

Interview with Scott Leon, Co-Author of Forced Out: Evictions, Race, and Poverty in Toronto.

Curious about the eviction landscape in Toronto, Scott Leon, researcher at the Wellesley Institute, has found that some neighbourhoods have record rates of 1 eviction filing per 4 residents—a shocking number, with a strong racial bent. Read the interview

Our Work and Awarded Projects

Feasibility Study: Native Inter-Tribal Housing Co-operative

Having already sold off 5 buildings to keep afloat, Native Inter-Tribal Housing Co-operative is moving towards a sustainable business model. The Centre is pleased to announce we have awarded $39,983 to undertake a feasibility study assessing the need for support to sustain Indigenous housing in London, Ontario. Read the article

Ottawa Community Land Trust

It is true that collaboration makes us better: tackling Ottawa’s housing crisis, Ottawa Community Land Trust (OCLT) provides a holistic approach to community building—often missed in traditional development frameworks. The Centre has awarded $150,000 to support their commitment to the growth of Ottawa’s social service assets, and to dynamically tackle the gaps in service. Read the article

Promotion and Realization of the Right to Housing of Racialized Tenants in Montreal

To empower and educate racialized tenants in Montreal, we have recently awarded $42,000 from our Sector Transformation Fund—Community-Based Tenant Initiative Fund grant stream to Acorn Montréal for their Promotion and Realization of the Right to Housing of Racialized Tenants in Montreal initiative. Read more
Sector Tools and Events

Virtual Spirit Walk 2020

Within the context of the pandemic, the Spirit Walk has been reimagined as a two-week long virtual event, the Virtual Spirit Walk. We are inviting community members to raise pledge, go for a socially distanced walk, take a selfie and post about why they choose to walk in support of the Indigenous women and children of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. Visit the website.

HPMP 2021: Accepting applications until Oct 30, 2020

The Housing Professionals Mentorship Program (HPMP) connects leaders of today with those of tomorrow to strengthen the community housing and homelessness sector. Since 2018, HPMP has matched housing professionals across Canada to build networks and community, develop leadership skills and share learnings about community housing and homelessness. Join the virtual information session on October 1, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Register online

Resource Centre: Indigenous Ally Toolkit

The Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK has shared the Indigenous Ally Toolkit. With the intention to explore ‘the role that an individual occupies and plays within the collective experience’, the toolkit is an important resource to educate non-Indigenous allies while demystifying allyship and what it entails. Read the Toolkit
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