A Promising Start : First Year at the Centre

More than 1.7 million households across Canada live in homes that are either inadequate or not affordable. Public agencies and governments of all levels have decided to join forces to ensure meeting our common goal: a home for all. A year ago, the Centre was founded to support, encourage and facilitate the actions of thousands of community housing groups, working on the ground, to achieve this objective. 

Owing to a ten-year framework agreement with CMHC towards the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Centre began to offer services to the community housing world across Canada last year. After studying numerous proposals, more than three million dollars were allocated to transformational projects during our first financial year. 
Read our annual report

The Centre is Hiring!

The successful candidate will play a vital role in the running and development of the Centre, its activities, and its influence. We are looking for an experienced strategist and communicator ready to take on the Development and Communication Director role. Sounds like you, or someone you know? Read the job description and apply here.

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Our Work at the Centre

Meet the Centre’s Board President

Tim Ross is a nationally recognized non-profit, community, and co-operative housing policy advocate, with years of leadership experience in housing and homelessness. He is the founding President of the Centre and Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. In his personal time, Tim enjoys cross-country skiing at Parc Gatineau and has become an active runner during the pandemic. Read the interview.

First Funded Project in Newfoundland: Stella's Circle

The Centre is pleased to support a first transformational project in Newfoundland with $50,000 from our Sector Transformation Fund. This project will have sustainable and long-term impact on the organization, community, and sector by offering permanent, supportive housing to individuals who are typically difficult to house and currently have very little options. Read more 

Indigenous Housing: Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

Our recently awarded Organizational Capacity grant of $49,500 from our Sector Transformation Fund represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate the Centre's commitment to support Indigenous-led housing providers and work towards reconciliation. Squamish Nation Council created the Hiy̓ám ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society because of the challenges to house members on reserve due to political, social and structural issues. Read more 

Increasing Social Inclusion and Tenant Engagement in PEI

Prince Edward Island has been experiencing a housing crisis for the last decade with its capital being hit the hardest. The rental vacancy rate in Charlottetown has dropped down to 0.2 per cent in 2019. A $72,852 contribution from our Community-Based Tenant Initiative Fund will inform and support 60 Indigenous tenants on their rights and responsibilities in order to reduce the number of evictions that community members face. Read more

Capacity Building: Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society

MHQS is an Indigenous housing provider: there are a large number of Indigenous Peoples in the Fraser Valley that can no longer house their community members because of a lack of space. It is imperative this organization continues to add new housing options to alleviate the current crisis. The Centre’s funding of $24,750 from the Sector Transformation Fund is a much-needed boost to ensure MHQS remains strong and keeps on growing and developing more affordable housing in the coming years. Read more 

Community Housing Sector News

Converting the Community Housing Sector: One Hotel Space at the Time

More community housing stock will be available to vulnerable tenants by Horizon Housing’s latest acquisition in Calgary: The Elan! The former hotel space will offer adapted homes in an integrated environment for people with mental health challenges or other special needs. Read more

Namerind: Truth and Reconciliation in Action

Founded in 1977, Namerind’s mission is to provide safe, affordable, quality housing, and economic development opportunities for Indigenous People in Regina, Saskatchewan. Namerind’s culture is shaped by Indigenous history and practices. Read Namerind's culture statement or learn more about the organization.

Sector Tools and Events

Study: Transitional and Supportive Housing for Youth

CHRA and BC Housing have released a paper with key findings from a recent webinar. A study conducted by Wood-Green and PARTISANS from Toronto presentis how they have conducted a CMHC-funded Solutions Lab. Research and findings drawn from their Social Innovation Lab focus on providing new models, policies, and solutions to address the homeless aging out of care crisis for youth. Read the paper.

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