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  17 December 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Calling co-op youth – we want to hear from you!

If you are 16 to 25 years old and live in a CHF BC member co-op we want to hear from you. What kind of opportunities, events and programs would you like to see? How can CHF BC help young people living in housing co-ops? Join us on Friday, January 18 between 4 and 6 … Continued

  23 November 2018      Fiona Jackson   

An exciting AGM and Housing Central experience

CHF BC delegates arrived at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre early on Sunday, November 18 to be part of the Housing Central Conference opening and breakfast plenary. Dozens of co-op members helped make this year’s Housing Central Conference the largest affordable housing event in Canada, with more than 1,400 community housing stakeholders from across BC, … Continued

  17 November 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Does your co-op have a federal operating agreement?

Housing co-ops with federally-administered operating agreements will have received a survey from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). CMHC wants your co-op’s input on the program that will continue subsidies to low-income co-op households from 2020 to 2028. This program is called the Federal Community Housing Initiative, Phase 2 (FCHI-2). Together with CHF Canada, CHF BC … Continued

  17 November 2018      Fiona Jackson   

CHF BC celebrates landmark investment in affordable housing

VANCOUVER (Nov. 13, 2018) – Housing Central partners the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) applauded the announcement on Tuesday, November 13, that more than 4,900 much-needed affordable homes –including new housing co-ops — will be built in 42 communities throughout B.C. These homes will help thousands … Continued

  30 October 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Fall Education Conference featured a fresh lineup and plenary focused on inclusion and diversity

The Fall Education Conference on October 27 stood out not only for the usual lively crowd and workshops that grounded members on co-op essentials. This time members came from further afield than ever with co-op members travelling from Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Castlegar to attend. The other stand-out of the event was … Continued

  30 October 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Vancouver Island Council meeting featured a guest speaker, awards and elections

The Vancouver Island Council meeting on October 17 held three elections: One for a Vancouver Island director, with the only candidate being Art Farquharson who was acclaimed to another two-year term on the CHF BC board, representing Island members. The other elections were for a Vancouver Island Council chair and Vice-Chair. Shannon Sangster of Tyee … Continued

  25 October 2018      chfbc   

CLT & City break ground on Fraserview Expansion

Community Land Trust and City of Vancouver break ground on 140 new units of affordable co-op housing Combined future developments in Fraser Lands River District will be western Canada’s largest housing co-operative with 418 homes VANCOUVER, BC (Oct. 25) – Today, the Executive Director of Community Land Trust (CLT) Thom Armstrong and Mayor Gregor Robertson … Continued

  17 October 2018      chfbc   

Preservation Funding Helps Your Co-op Get Planning

Good news for co-ops with active, federally-administered operating agreements! Co-ops with a Section 95, ILM or Section 61 agreement are eligible to apply to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for funding to “help complete activities that will allow them to transition to a more viable and sustainable model.” This means there’s money available to … Continued

  10 October 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Write a haiku to celebrate Co-op Week!

October 14 to 20 is Co-op Week. We challenge all co-op members to celebrate Co-op Week by writing a haiku. The traditional Japanese form of poetry consists of 17 syllables in three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables. What do you love about your co-op and co-op living? Need inspiration? Take a look at the … Continued

  28 September 2018      Fiona Jackson   

Housing Central offers its support for Vancouver’s new affordable housing endowment fund

Housing Central applauds city council’s September 18th decision to create the new Vancouver Affordable Housing Endowment Fund. The Fund will consolidate all of the city’s non-market housing assets and manage them as a single portfolio initially worth about $2 billion. This has the potential to significantly improve the city’s ability to meet the affordable housing … Continued