May 3, 2021
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Not In My Back Yard: discrimination costs everyone

Dear subscribers,

In mid-March, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced the result of its Rapid Housing Initiative. The RHI, with a budget of $1 billion, will create 4,777 housing units (more than the initial target of 3,000) intended primarily for the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, or other vulnerable persons.

Since then, announcements of projects accepted under RHI have occurred almost daily, and the projects will be rising quickly across the country. We hope that the initiatives will see the light of day without disruption — they are needed by so many.

But community-based or affordable-housing projects often face a type of opposition nicknamed NIMBY—the “not in my back yard” syndrome, which can be summarized as “we are not officially against the project… but this one would be more appropriate if it wasn’t in our neighbourhood.” Read the full editorial

Homelessness and health: A tale of two neighbourhoods
Toronto physician Sandy Buchman, a palliative care specialist, drew attention to the importance of social factors on health during a seminar at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association 2021 Congress. Because poverty, like discrimination or exclusion, has a major influence on people’s wellbeing. Find out how "neighbours" can have vastly different health outcomes.
Articles & awarded projects
ONPHA working with Indigenous providers to boost housing supply, self-reliance
The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association has set ambitious goals in its plans to address Indigenous housing needs. With one-in-four Indigenous persons in Ontario living in poverty, affordable housing is seen as an important way to reduce stressors faced by so many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, both on- and off-reserve. See what ONPHA is planning!
Merger creates largest supportive housing provider in Canada
Toronto-based Mainstay Housing and Houselink Community Homes have joined forces and officially formed Houselink & Mainstay Inc. as of April 1, making them the largest supportive-housing provider in Canada. Read all about it here!
Housing advocacy to get an Indigenous makeover in Calgary
When it comes to housing, Indigenous realities are often ignored or misunderstood in the western culture, even in advocacy programs like Rent Smart, which aims to train and empower tenants. The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary is reconciling the two worlds by adapting Rent Smart tenancy training to embrace Indigenous culture and values. It's a program that could soon find its way across the country. For a closer look, check out our project profile.
Sector events

May 20, 2021 — BCNPHA'S Virtual RENT

Tackle the affordable housing crisis at BCNPHA's Regional Education Networking Tradeshow (RENT) event! The Centre's program manager Chrissy Diavatopoulos will discuss the Community-Based Tenant Initiative Fund (CBTIF) in the Supporting Tenants in Reshaping their Housing & Communities session. For full program info or to register, click here!

May 31 to June 4, 2021 —  FCM's Annual Conference and Trade Show 2021

This year’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference theme is FORWARD. Building connections among municipalities has never mattered more, as we move forward through a pandemic and gear up for recovery. Click here for full info on conference webinars, workshops and registration.

June 1-3, 2021 — Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium

The Rural Development Network and the Rural Ontario Institute are taking things virtual for the second Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium. Expect a unique program with over 30 concurrent workshops and panel sessions, and renowned keynote speakers. Find out more about the first national event to elevate uniquely rural and remote approaches to tackling homelessness and housing.

June 10-13, 2021 — CHF Canada’s 2021 Annual Meeting

CHF Canada built on last year’s virtual meeting experience to create an even more exciting lineup of workshops, panel discussions and socials, all of which can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your own home. Explore their inspiring and informative lineup of meetings, workshops and networking events.
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Build Together survey: we want your feedback!
Do you work or volunteer in a non-profit or cooperative housing group in Nova Scotia? If so, you are invited to complete this 20-minute survey

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