Workshop: Strategic Partnerships Advancing the Development of Affordable Housing

CHRA’s National Congress on Housing and Homelessness 2016 takes place in Montreal from April 12 to 15. Congress 2016 in Montreal will convene over 750 delegates for four days of professional development and engagement – offering a unique program of over 40 workshops, plenary sessions, social events, mobile tours, keynotes and more, to meet the needs and interests of our members and participants.

Barbara Myers from SvN will be a panelist in a workshop entitled ‘Strategic Partnerships Advancing the Development of Affordable Housing‘, taking place on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 (2:00pm – 3:30pm EST).  The workshop will take the form of a rapid-fire panel, with 6 panelists invited to take part in a series of short 10 minute presentations that delve into the heart of the approach, best-practices, partnerships and outcomes of a wide variety of affordable housing developments. The session will be moderated, then set-aside for further discussion through Q&A addressed to all panelists.

During this workshop, you will hear about five unique partnerships enabling the development of affordable housing across Canada, with plenty of time for shared learning and discussion. Barbara Myers will be talking about the business unit EDGE, established through a collaborative initiative between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the United Church of Canada to provide centralized property consultation services to Churches looking to utilize their land to develop affordable housing projects.

Also, Turning Point Housing Society will showcase a project under construction in Richmond BC that has brought together five non-profits to develop supportive affordable housing in collaboration with all three orders of government. Silver Sage Housing Corporation will then discuss two projects, their recently opened Elders Lodge ‘pîsimokamik’ (Cree for Sun Lodge) that benefited from extensive consultations, and a new building that provides 24/7 support to single Aboriginal mothers to keep families together, boasting a 92% success rate. Montreal based SOLIDES will also speak to their strategy to purchase existing multi-unit apartment buildings from the private market and convert them into non-profit housing by means of innovative financing and partnerships, as well as their equity model allowing them to make new yearly building acquisitions. Finally, the success of the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, and social housing subsidiary Logis Transport, will be discussed in relation to the strategic partnerships that have enabled them to build affordable housing in dense city centres – and how they have developed their social housing portfolio of over 10,000 units.

To attend the workshop, please register for the conference. You do not have to sign up specifically for the workshop, as all sessions are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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