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Blog Entry 231: Huntington Place Co-op energy jump-starts Key Campaign

Talk about your bolt outta the blue. They call Fort Saint John "the Energetic City," and the folks at Huntington Place Co-op are no exception. They showed their energy as well as their resolve in passing a motion endorsing the You Hold the Key Campaign. That makes 124 housing co-ops in B.C. that have shown their resolve to protect our most vulnerable members.

Blog Entry 230: Wit's End Co-op makes showing some resolve easy as 123

Still haven't passed a resolution supporting the You Hold the Key Campaign? The folks at Wit's End Co-op are proof it's as easy as 123. That's because they're the 123rd housing co-op in B.C. to pass a motion endorsing our campaign for a federally-funded, provincially-delivered rent supplement program to protect our most vulnerable members. That brings the number of households that have shown some resolve to 7,468. How about you?

Blog Entry 229: Finance Minister Bill Morneau holds the key!

It's a banner day for the You Hold the Key Campaign when the federal finance minister chooses a housing co-op in his riding to reiterate his support for Canada’s co-ops. Bill Morneau used a visit to Hugh Garner Housing Co-op in his Toronto Centre riding to reassure co-ops across the country "your government cares and will work with you to ensure your communities are even stronger."

Blog Entry 228: Give yourselves a big hand, co-op champions!

The Key Campaign was front and centre at the CHF BC spring Education Conference last weekend, giving delegates an update on the promise in the federal budget to provide short-term funding of $30 million nationally over the next two years to maintain rent-geared-to-income subsidies for low-income co-op members. This short-term funding gives us time to work out a longer-term solution with the province. The details are not yet nailed down and we'll share more news when they're confirmed.

Blog Entry 227: Roundhouse Co-op shows spirit on Olympic anniversary!

Today’s the 120th anniversary of the first Olympic Games of the Modern age, held back in 1896 in Athens. The highlight event was the marathon, won by hometown hero Spyros Louis. So it’s appropriate that we learn today that Roundhouse Co-op in Vancouver has become the 122nd housing co-op in B.C. to pass a resolution supporting the You Hold the Key Campaign.

Blog Entry 226: Community Alternatives Housing Co-op shows resolve!

The Key Campaign is making tremendous progress, but we still have work to do to get that federally-funded, provincially-delivered rent supplement program implemented to protect low-income and other co-op households. So we were delighted when we got an email from the folks at Community Alternatives Housing Co-op letting us know they passed a resolution supporting the campaign.

Blog Entry 225: Key Campaign Team working hard on Budget 2016 follow up

Everyone is anxious to know more about how the federal government plans to roll out the housing investments announced in Tuesday’s budget. Members want to know how and when the $30 million targeted to rent subsidies will be delivered. We understand how pressing this is for the co-ops concerned. CHF BC and CHF Canada are working very hard together to confirm the details of the budget announcement. There's always a lag between the budget speech and the flow of any money, but we'll do our best to shorten that delay.

Blog Entry 224: Thom's take on Budget 2016

CHF BC Executive Director Thom Armstrong was on CBC Radio's On The Coast this afternoon with guest-host Gloria Macarenko giving his take on yesterday's federal budget. Give a listen to Thom's insights into the implications of yesterday's budget measures for the You Hold the Key Campaign and for affordable housing generally (it's under the "Featured Audio" tab, third item down). And stay tuned for more news as we keep up our campaign for a provincially-delivered rent supplement program for low-income co-op households.

Blog entry for March 22, 2016

Housing co-op members got some great news today from federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau: short-term funding to protect our most vulnerable members while a long-term fix to the co-op housing crunch gets worked out with the provinces. The $30 million over two years is designed to keep rent-geared-to-income subsidies for low-income co-op households going until a provincially-delivered rent supplement program is put in place.

Blog Entry 222: All eyes on Ottawa tomorrow for Budget 2016

The Key Campaign was in the news a lot during the past couple of days, including a story on CBC News (starts at 08:55) about our hopes for Budget Day 2016. But the big news comes tomorrow and we should know in the early afternoon if Finance Minister Bill (new shoes) Morneau will deliver on his government's promise to protect housing co-ops' low-income households. We'll be sending out updates as soon as we can, so stay tuned.