John van Nostrand to speak at ONPHA Event

SvN Principal John van Nostrand will deliver a talk called “Housing change: Emerging forms of affordable housing for Ontario” at the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) annual conference on Saturday, October 17 from 8:30 – 10:00 AM. The theme of this year’s conference, Beyond the Blueprint, is about bringing new information and ideas into the affordable housing conversation.

In this illustrated lecture, John will present an overview of how affordable housing was realized in the first half of the 20th century and how that process evolved in the second half in ways that did not meet the needs of rapidly growing towns and cities. He’ll then share case studies of the how cities across Canada and around the world are finding new ways to create or redevelop affordable housing in the 21st century. Attendees will learn about new trends like laneway and infill housing, tower renewal, mixed-tenure housing, revitalization projects, and incremental housing.

The ONPHA Conference and Trade Show is the largest conference of its kind in Canada. The 2015 conference and trade show, taking place at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto from October 16-18, is the housing sector’s premier event, drawing affordable housing landlords, policy makers, tenants, community partners, and representatives of municipal and provincial government.



For over 25 years, ONPHA has been the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. Their 760 member organizations operate more than 168,000 non‐profit housing units in over 220 communities in Ontario. ONPHA leads, unites and supports a strong community-based affordable housing sector, focusing on diverse range of people, including: seniors; low‐income families with children; Aboriginal people; the working poor; victims of violence and abuse; people living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addictions and HIV/AIDS; and the formerly homeless/hard‐to‐house.

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