The Housing Challenge
Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home, but in reality, a decent home is out of reach for too many Canadians. Through transformation, the community housing sector can help meet housing needs now and in the future.
More than 1.7 million households across Canada are living in housing need – this means they’re living in homes that are inadequate or unaffordable. In addition, 35,000 Canadians are chronically homeless. A robust and sustainable community housing sector is necessary to address this challenge.
Community housing develops and maintains affordable homes in strong communities. Millions of individuals and families have benefited from the security and peace of mind offered by an affordable place to call home. This peace of mind helps people to reach their full potential.
Canada’s community housing sector includes about 630,000 housing units. The National Housing Strategy includes a target to create 50,000 new units of community housing. But it’s not enough to build our way out of the housing crisis. The sector needs to adapt to new and evolving needs of residents, execute long term viability plans, become more accessible, and become more environmentally sustainable.
The physical condition of many community housing assets requires urgent attention. Asset management is a priority across the sector as we deal with aging buildings and maintenance backlogs.
The opportunity for coordinated action
The National Housing Strategy lays out a 10-year plan to remove 530,000 families from living in housing need and cut chronic homelessness in half.
We have an opportunity to tap into existing expertise, networks, and resources within our industry to drive transformation and help meet the targets of the National Housing Strategy.
To drive change, The Centre:
- Provides a one-stop database of resources to help housing providers easily find proven solutions to operational challenges.
- Delivers two funds to support sector transformation and tenant engagement.
- Identifies and helps scale the promising solutions happening across Canada.
- Identifies gaps we can work together to address.
- Supports projects that ensure the system contributes to the broader goals of environmental and social sustainability in Canada.