CHRA Advocacy Paper released; Give us your feedback on how our sector can be heard in Ottawa!
May 18, 2012
The “Talking to Ottawa” session took place at Congress 2012. In this interactive session, we asked our delegates what their priorities are, and how they thought CHRA could best represent the interests of their sector. The results from the polling portion of “Talking to Ottawa” can be found here.
Talking to Ottawa: Strategic Advocacy for Affordable Housing was introduced to CHRA delegates at the 2012 CHRA Congress in St John’s, NL. Produced with the support of the Housing Services Corporation, this document puts to paper what we think it will take to be heard in Ottawa.
The paper recognizes that though CHRA has a long track record of engaging with the federal government on behalf of the affordable housing sector, the landscape has shifted. We live in a time of prolonged economic downturns and of a growing disparity between the highest income earners and the rest of society, which results in greater and more complex housing needs. We have conservative federal leadership which has not identified affordable housing in and of itself as a priority. Yet, other conservative governments, provincially/territorially, internationally and indeed this government – which allocated a $1 billion economic stimulus package for social housing renovation and retrofit in its previous mandate – have invested in affordable housing and homelessness programs.
So, against this landscape of constraint and possibility, the CHRA Board of Directors is developing a new advocacy strategy. But it’s still a work in progress; we want your input so that we get it right.
Read the paper here
Produced with the support of: