A strong contingent of staff and residents participated at the 2015 Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
(ONPHA) Conference on October 16 to 18. This annual conference is the largest social housing conference in North America, giving attendees a chance to share best practices and network with other housing providers across the province, and even across the country.
Toronto Community Housing led a number sessions to highlight our work, our partnerships with residents, and unique experiences with other social housing providers.
Session topics included using demographics to meet residents’ needs; Participatory Budgeting;
partnerships to address challenges created by hoarding; and engaging residents in capital renewal using the example of our recently launched ReSet program.
We also led walking tours of Alexandra Park
and Lawrence Heights
, two communities that showcase our Revitalization program.
Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn led a session about our economic impact study and the need for investing in repairing and revitalizing our buildings. Greg shared the findings from the study including the many social, health, economic and environmental benefits of investing in social housing.
A number of participants talked about the value of the study and how pleased they were that the economic and social benefits have now been proven. He also called on the social housing sector to speak with one voice in asking the provincial government for changes that will improve our housing and the delivery of social services that our residents need.
From top to bottom: Residents and staff at the ONPHA Conference; Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn presents the business case for investing in social housing to conference delegates; Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn and Keith Hambly, ONPHA Board Past President and Executive Director of Fife House; Residents and staff at the ONPHA Conference.