Rapid Housing Initiative

The government of Canada, through the CMHC, has launched the Rapid Housing Initiative, a $1-billion program to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable people, especially in the context of COVID-19, through the rapid construction of affordable housing.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2020.

The initiative provides capital contributions (upon signing a funding agreement with CMHC) to expedite the delivery of affordable housing. The RHI will:

  • Support the creation of up to 3,000 new, permanent, affordable housing units
  • Cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land, and the conversion/rehabilitation of existing buildings for affordable housing
  • Aim to commit all funds before March 31, 2021, and ensure housing is available within 12 months of signing an agreement

The Centre is supporting organizations with small grants (max $50K) to free up capacity to apply for RHI funds. In order to be eligible for these support grants, applicants will have to demonstrate their proposal has a reasonable chance of being accepted. To be clear, the Centre is not responsible for final approval of RHI funding. We want to help groups ensure that what they have in mind is in line with the deliverables required by the CMHC. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the RHI requirements to be sure their project meets those criteria (see here).

Once you’ve confirmed your proposal conforms to the program, in order to prepare your organization to apply, you can submit an application to the Centre under the Sector Transformation Fund — Local Projects stream for the resources you need to get the proposal together. While you are in the process of filling the Centre’s support application, our project manager can offer assistance if it’s needed; feel free to reach out with any questions you may have! You can find details of the Centre transformation grants here.

For any questions, please contact Hope Jamieson at h.jamieson@centre.support

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