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  16 May 2019   

Burnaby mayor’s task force needs input from Burnaby co-ops

The City of Burnaby is implementing an innovative approach to tackling the affordable housing issue with the “Your Voice. Your Home.” public outreach initiative, the result of Mayor Mike Hurley’s task force and commitment to changing the city’s housing landscape. After an extensive public engagement process, Burnaby has just released its interim report featuring 10 … Continued

  16 May 2019   

COHO Management Services Society celebrates 35 years of service to housing co-ops

The early 1980s were an exciting time for the housing co-op sector in B.C. – new developments were springing up throughout the province, and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC was taking shape to provide these co-operatives with the representation, advocacy and education they needed to become thriving communities. But while the housing co-op foothold … Continued

  8 May 2019   

Island Council meeting packed with information for all

Island members came together at the Hotel Grand Pacific on May 6 for the Vancouver Island Council meeting.  They received a report from CHF BC directors David Maier, Art Farquharson and Jared Melvin.  Members had lots of questions for CHF BC’s Telecom Program Customer Services Co-ordinator, Kalia Attal.  A special member forum on governance challenges … Continued

  3 May 2019   

Housing Central opposes tax shift in City of Vancouver

CHF BC spoke out this week against a surprise Vancouver City Council decision to implement a 2% shift in taxes from commercial to residential properties.  The decision carried by a slim majority, despite a strong recommendation from staff that Council should give the issue more serious thought. The decision will affect more than 200 housing … Continued

  25 April 2019   

Island Member Appreciation Evening draws big crowd

Forty-three members from Vancouver Island’s thirty-four housing co-ops joined CHF BC, COHO Management, CHF Canada and CHF BC Group Buying Program partners on the Island for networking and great food at the Island Member Appreciation on Wednesday, April 24. CHF BC and COHO Management extend sincere thanks to our members and clients for their continued support.  … Continued

  13 April 2019   

Community housing partnership to lead new National Housing Strategy initiative

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 … Continued

  18 March 2019   

Next Steps for City of Vancouver Lease Renewals

In January and February, CHF BC held a pair of meetings for co-ops that lease land from the City of Vancouver. Members offered their views on the lease renewal framework and how the lease renewal discussion has progressed so far. We have summarized the comments in a short document. CHF BC’s executive director, Thom Armstrong, … Continued

  15 March 2019   

Members dig deep to work on Indigenous reconciliation at Spring Member Forum

On Monday, March 11, CHF BC and CHF Canada members came together to network, hear updates from both federations and learn about Kaslo Gardens Co-op’s work to bring an Indigenous perspective into the co-op’s mission supported by a Regional Diversity Grant from CHF Canada.  The co-op was inspired by the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). … Continued

  8 March 2019   

CHF BC celebrates women in co-ops

Happy International Women’s Day from CHF BC! We are proud to celebrate the outstanding female leaders in our organization and in the housing co-op sector across the country. CHF BC celebrates the significant role women play in their co-op communities as community builders, leaders, and strong and valued members. We’re here to support all our … Continued

  4 March 2019   

Full house for Vancouver Island Council Meeting

There was a full house  on February 28 with fifty percent of Island co-ops sending delegates to the Vancouver Island Council meeting. The meeting was held at the Hotel Grand Pacific and members had good things to say about the new meeting venue.   CHF BC directors Art Farquharson, Dave Maier, and Jared Melvin reported on … Continued