Community housing partnership to lead new National Housing Strategy initiative

  13 April 2019

A partnership of housing organizations announced Thursday that CMHC has selected its proposal to create a Community Housing Transformation Centre supporting innovation, capacity building and long-term sustainability of community housing.

This National Housing Strategy initiative will invest $68.6 million over nine years into programs, grants and resources. It will also support co-op members and community housing residents by funding grants designed to improve housing outcomes.  Housing co-ops and co-op housing federations will be among those eligible to apply for these grants.

“BC’s housing co-ops and non-profit housing providers welcome this initiative,” said Thom Armstrong, CHF BC’s Executive Director. “By directing this investment through community housing organizations, the federal government is recognizing the established track record, knowledge and efficiency of the community housing sector.”

In addition to CHF BC, the Community Housing Transformation Centre also includes CHF Canada, the Agency for Co-operative Housing, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, the Housing Services Corporation, the Confédération québécoise des coopératives d’habitation and the Réseau québécois des OSBL d’habitation.

Photo caption (from left): Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Tim Ross, Executive Director of CHF Canada, in Montreal at the announcement of the Community Housing Transformation Centre.