Explore Our Resource Centre

A space providing you with a range of resources and tools such as the Tool Kit, the portfolio of Project Highlights funded by the Center, the Self-assessment Tool and the Resource Inventory.

Tool Kit

Discover useful tools  developed by fellow community housing providers and sector support organizations.

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

The Montreal Indigenous community NETWORK has shared the Indigenous Ally Toolkit. With the intention to explore “the role that an individual occupies and plays within the collective experience,” the toolkit is an important resource to educate non-Indigenous allies while demystifying allyship and what it entails. This resource was created by The Montreal Indigenous community NETWORK.

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Forced Out: Evictions, Race, and Poverty in Toronto

Forced Out: Evictions, Race, and Poverty in Toronto

The study by the Wellesley Institute highlights the stark disparities in eviction filings across Toronto prior to COVID-19. Eviction filing rates were twice as high in neighbourhoods where more low-income renters live. Independent of this association, we also find that Toronto has a racialized eviction problem. Black Torontonians may be at increased risk of eviction.

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Self-assessment tool will aid transformation
To find where you are going, know where you are

In the winter of 2020, the Centre is launching its new and improved Self-Assessment Tool. The tool is specifically designed to serve smaller and medium-sized non-profit, co-operative, and Indigenous housing organizations that provide housing to thousands of Canadians. It will allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses in a systematic, simple and thorough way.

This tool identifies four different and inter-related themes crucial to assessing capacities. Namely:

  • Governance
  • Property management
  • Financial management
  • Social and community relations

The Self-Assessment Tool is designed so that once you have completed the process, we will provide you with feedback on the results of the assessment. You can use this as a tool for your board and your management as a base to see where you need to improve your capabilities. I.e., where training, new resources, or support would make sense for your group, services, building, staff, or your board to focus attention on and improve results.

That’s how to develop an action plan!

You can also use the results to respond to queries from funders, since many will want to know why you are asking for money for that specific activity or objective. Having a 360o view of your organization’s strengths and challenges is a good way to make your point.

Hint: if you consider applying for funding from the Centre, this is certainly something you should do before you start filling in any application forms.

This will give you a better idea of what training, new resources, or support should be requested in the first place. Indeed, all our groups are looking to improve their services, better maintain their buildings, train their employees, or to improve the expertise of their board. Remember, it is often helpful to focus your efforts on one or two aspects in a systematic way rather than trying to tackle all the issues at once in a superficial way.

The Centre will keep your answers in the database, where only you will be able to access or update them. That way, in a year or two, you will be in a better position to judge how your efforts have helped you evolve. Thanks to anonymized data collected from all the organizations in the field of community housing, the database will one day allow you to compare yourselves to others.

Other tools with similar goals but with different methodologies are available elsewhere, including at the Agency for Co-operative Housing or via sector organizations such as the BCNPHA and RQOH. We encourage you to look around so that you select the tool that best fits your needs.

Resource inventory

Our Resource inventory is a growing database of resources and services designed by and for the community housing sector. You can do your search using the drop-down list of categories, subjects and others, or by using text or date search. If you offer services or resources related to community housing, contact us to advertise them for free here on the site.

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