Innovative ways to create affordable housing

The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) presents a webinar on...

Innovative ways to create affordable housing

Date and time: Tuesday November 26th, 1-2:30pm ET (ET)
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About this webinar

During this webinar, you will learn what Housing First practitioners can do to create affordable housing. We’ll discuss:

  • how to adopt a collective approach through an example of Toronto providers who have been working together;
  • recognizing the current limitations of the private rental market for Housing First programs, how to build dedicated rental stock by working better with your city, and with other resources and levels of government;
  • how current Housing First programs are working to create more affordable housing, including examples from Ottawa's scattered-site housing condo program and SHIP’s Hansen Development project.

Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend, and to learn and share their experiences in working with Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

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The presenters

  • Brian Davis, Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes
  • Cory O'Handley, Director of Projects and Housing Development, Services and Housing In the Province (SHIP)
  • Lisa Medd, Housing Department Program Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa

Moderators and OHFRN-CoI co-leads

  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University


The OHFRN-COI, supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), assists communities across Ontario to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First (HF) programs based on the Pathways model tested, adapted, and shown to be effective in the At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project. For more information, visit the Housing First CoI's webpage.

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