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  21 May 2020   

We are virtual…and we’re here to help

In response to current events, CHF BC has shifted its focus to offer members more “virtual” service options, including more online education and town halls on timely topics. Our members have responded in greater numbers than ever.  We appreciate your encouragement and positive feedback. We’re also working to support members who want to hold their … Continued

  20 May 2020   

CHF BC hosts Vancouver co-op leasehold renewal meetings

CHF BC will host two meetings in the first half of June to discuss the renewal of housing co-op leases with the City of Vancouver. The first meeting will take place on June 1, between 6 pm and 8 pm PDT. We will begin with a brief review of the City’s January 2020 discussion paper. We’ll then share with you the … Continued

  11 May 2020   

Seize the Summer Telecom Contest

You can still sign up to save BIG with our Telecom Program, and now with the arrival of the summer sun, you have a chance to win too with our “Seize the Summer” Contest! Sign up for great deals with our Telecom Program for High Speed Internet, HDTV and home phone services with TELUS before … Continued

  9 May 2020   

Remembering Glen Armstrong

CHF BC was saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Armstrong this week. Glen served on the CHF BC board from 2000 to 2006 and was our Vice-President for a two-year term from 2002 to 2004. He then went on to serve on the CHF Canada board from 2009 to 2015 as a director-at-large. … Continued

  6 May 2020   

New Funding for Energy Efficiency and More

If you’re a non-profit housing co-op with ambitions to reduce your energy consumption by 25% or more, you may be eligible for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund. FCM has about $300 million to disburse over the next six years under its Sustainable Affordable Housing program. That works out to $52 million annually, in a mix … Continued

  30 April 2020   

Farewell to a co-op champion

For more than 30 years, Kerry Smith has worked tirelessly on behalf of the co-op sector – advocating, advising, and supporting with knowledge and wisdom in a variety of roles – and will be deeply missed as she begins her retirement effective today. A treasured friend and colleague, Kerry has been looking forward to this … Continued

  25 April 2020   

Co-ops in a COVID-19 time: Virtual town hall recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual town hall on April 22nd, exploring what housing co-ops need to know during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event attracted more than 180 co-op members, making it the best attended event in CHF BC’s history. We dove deep on the big questions challenging your co-op … Continued

  24 April 2020   

Co-op members eligible for BC Temporary Rent Supplement – UPDATE

BC Housing has confirmed that many co-op members are eligible to claim a BC Temporary Rent Supplement (TRS). You are eligible to claim the TRS if you live in: A federal section 61 program co-op and you do not already receive a rent supplement A federal section 95 program co-op and you pay the maximum … Continued

  15 April 2020   

New initiative connects job seekers with housing providers

Have you or someone you know lost a job because of COVID-19?  Our Housing Central partner, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA), has launched a new website to connect job seekers with non-profit housing providers.  Whether you’re looking for work or looking for workers, check out

  10 April 2020   

BC Temporary Rent Supplement Program Opens for Business

BC Housing is now accepting applications for the BC Temporary Rent Supplement Program (BC-TRS).  Some housing co-ops and their members are eligible to apply.  More information will be available from BC Housing soon. The BC-TRS will cover partial rent or housing charge payments for eligible tenants or co-op members for three months (April, May and … Continued