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  21 April 2021   

PRESS RELEASE: Province stays the course on historic housing investment

But the course has changed, and new spending will be needed to address desperate need for affordable housing. It has been a busy budget week, with all eyes on both the federal and provincial governments’ first budgets of the pandemic. Along with our partners, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, we issued this 2021 budget press release in response … Continued

  19 April 2021   

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2021 Provincial Budget Media Availability

      VANCOUVER, BC (April 19, 2021) – Media are advised that Jill Atkey, CEO of BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Thom Armstrong, CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, will be available for interviews on the 2021 BC Budget following its release Tuesday, April 20. The government’s first budget since the start … Continued

  16 April 2021   

How co-ops can tackle climate change – An interview with Kathryn Sheps

Anyone who registered for the Spring Education Conference will have full access to the conference platform – including most sessions – until May 31! This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time – many would even say it is the most critical … Continued

  15 April 2021   

Adults with developmental disabilities want to be included in your community!

Have you considered welcoming an independent or semi-independent adult with a developmental disability to your co-op community? Many adults with developmental disabilities are able to live quite independently in their own homes with minimal staff support. Yet communities often exclude these individuals. Let’s change that and take the necessary steps to be truly inclusive and share … Continued

  15 April 2021   

Join us in June (and July!) for more learning

Join us in June (and July) as we continue our series of virtual learning sessions. Unless posted otherwise, all sessions run from 6 to 8 p.m. June  3 – Maintenance in Co-ops June 10 – Leadership that inspires member involvement June 15 – June Movie Night (FREE) – join us to watch the powerful film nîpawistamâsowin: … Continued

  13 April 2021   

Co-ops still earning through Co-op Housing Interest Pool (CHIP)

CHF BC’s Co-operative Housing Interest Pool (CHIP) provides member co-ops with above-market interest rates on their operating accounts.  Almost 150 co-ops have combined deposits of more than $140 million in the pool. Vancity is the largest deposit holder in the program. The current Vancity CHIP rate is .60% and their posted rate for similar accounts … Continued

  9 April 2021   

Fire at co-op leaves members looking for short-term housing alternatives

Early on the morning of Saturday, April 3, members of Devonshire Court Housing Co-op in Maple Ridge woke to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke. Because of a fire that started on the second floor of the apartment building, everyone had to be evacuated by local emergency services. Many of the … Continued

  1 April 2021   

Vancouver housing co-op survey

CHF BC is inviting housing co-op members in the City of Vancouver to participate in an academic community-based survey investigating the benefits of living in housing co-operatives in Vancouver. The purpose of this anonymous questionnaire is to identify the perspectives of co-op members about the social benefits and social values they attribute to living in … Continued

  25 March 2021   

BC RAHA – Funding for Accessible Homes

The BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA) is an updated version of the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program. BC RAHA launched in March 2021. It provides financial assistance for low-income households to carry out adaptations for independent living. Eligible Properties BC RAHA isn’t aimed specifically at co-ops. Most ownership and building forms … Continued

  15 March 2021   

Movie Nights

As we head into spring we’re pleased to announce a series of Movie Nights at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month from March through June. Our Movie Nights will feature a movie (or documentary) to inspire and increase our understanding of history, humanity, and our interconnectedness. March Movie Night – Mighty Jerome, March … Continued