May 2018
  • CHFT's AGM - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Ontario Votes on June 7th
  • Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada - Briefing Note
  • 2018 CHFT Scholarship program celebrates 15 years
  • Co-op Cost Cutters
  • Upcoming Events
CHFT's AGM - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Everyone is welcome at CHFT’s AGM— members, family and friends. It’s a chance to catch up on what CHFT has been doing so far this year and to meet other co-op members. Click here for the meeting flyer
 
CHFT Board members past and present at last year's Annual General Meeting
Ontario Votes on June 7th

June 7 is election day in Ontario and co-op members want to make affordable housing a key
election issue. To help make this happen, CHF Canada Ontario Region launched their election website
www.votecoophousing.ca last week.
 
On the website members will be able to
  • find resources to download
  • learn about co-op housing issues
  • join the campaign to email your riding candidates about the issues
  • find events to attend.
Click here to find out about an upcoming Meet the Candidate event
For more information contact, Jacob Larocque-Graham, Co-ordinator, Government Relations Ontario Region
JLarocque-Graham@chfcanada.coop.

 
For information on voting when you are away from home, please click here.
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada - Briefing Note

Briefing Note – Federal Community Housing Initiative

 
Background
The co-op housing sector has been advocating for a solution to continue assistance to low-income households living in co-ops in the post-operating agreement era. Without a solution, 20,000 low-income households across Canada would find themselves without a place to live.
 
The National Housing Strategy provides a solution for that crisis through the Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI). The FCHI is designed to provide continuing support to low-income households living in federally-administered community housing, including co-ops in Ontario.
 
Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI)
Worth a total of $500 million, the FCHI is designed to provide support to low-income co-op households through to 2028. The FCHI will be deployed in two phases:
 
Phase I
Phase I of the FCHI will extend the end date of federally-administered operating agreements from 2018 to 2020. Co-ops whose operating agreements were extended from 2016 to 2018 are also eligible for Phase I of the FCHI. Co-ops will receive the same amount of subsidy for their low-income households in the extension as they were receiving prior to the extension. Additionally, co-ops will still need to submit their Annual Reports to the Agency for Co-operative Housing, as they did prior to the extension.
 
Eligible co-ops began receiving extension agreements by mail from CMHC in early April. In the months prior to this, CHF Canada worked with CMHC to ensure that the agreements were clear in their requirements and that the autonomy of co-ops was respected through Phase I.
 
Phase II
Phase II of the FCHI is set to begin in April 2020 and last through to 2028. CHF Canada is currently in constant dialogue with the Minister’s office and CMHC to ensure that Phase II works for co-ops, assisting low-income households, while respecting the autonomy of co-ops.
 
Co-ops with Operating Agreements that expired before April 2016
CHF Canada is still advocating to the federal government on behalf of co-ops that exited their operating agreements before April 1, 2016. CHF Canada’s proposal is to re-enroll those co-ops into a rent supplement program so that they can offer support to low-income households in deep need. The buildings are already paid for and the communities are robust: this is a quick, cost-efficient solution to house families in need.
 
Contact:
Douglas Wong
Program Manager, Policy and Government Relations
Tel: 613-230-2201, ext. 245

dwong@chfcanada.coop
              
The 2018 CHFT Scholarship program celebrates 15 years 
This year is the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program’s 15th anniversary. Why not help celebrate by coming to the scholarship presentation event on Wednesday, June 27 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets will be available June 4.

This year, will be the first time the Pam McConnell  Scholarship will be awarded. This scholarship is named after Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell. Pam was a long time supporter of co-op housing.
Click here to find out more about Pam McConnell. 


Here is a list of the 2018 scholarship recipients:
  • Amal Absiye - Marketview
  • Hodman Abukar - Hospital Workers’
  • Kimberley Adlard - Diane Frankling
  • Daniel Bukhari - Local 75
  • Casey Cain - Bain
  • Natalya Chambers-Johnson - Innisfree
  • Michelle Colthrust - Milliken
  • James Forbes - Margaret Laurence
  • Ashlee Fuller - Secord Avenue
  • Shawn Grey - Beverly-Sullivan
  • Jahvon Halliman - Scarborough Heights
  • Mimika Hazra - Kimroy Grove
  • Khalid Hussien - Jarvis-George
  • Avani Karir - Arcadia
  • Fleursha Milfort - Ann Marie Hill
  • Nastaho Mohamed - Atkinson
  • Abisha Pathmanathan - Ellen McGreal
  • Laurita Perez - Arauco
  • Ibrahim Reham - Grace MacInnis
  • Clinton Reid - Harry Sherman Crowe
  • Sophia Tracey - Gardenview
  • Ysabel Tuason - Charles Hastings
  • Ahthia Waugh - Milliken
  • Dominic Ziobrowski - Crown Heights
              CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients at last year's event

Here is a list of the 2018 Mark Goldblatt scholarship recipients:
  • Ishaq Ali - Atkinson
  • Labib Chowdhury - Atkinson
  • Adam Faux - Windmill Line
  • Selsabil Rezig - Metta              
Click here for a scholarship program update and click here for the event flyer
Co-op Cost Cutters                       
Co-op Focus article May 2018                                     
 


Co-op Cost Cutters has been harnessing co-op buying power for 20 years!

In its 20th year of operation, Co-op Cost Cutters has grown from 5 services in 1998 to nearly 20 in 2018. It is the largest buying program for co-ops in Canada.

It is a valuable service that saves time and money for our members. All the services have been researched, checked and negotiated on your behalf. Because all the companies have been vetted, they are safe to use.

Although the program is competitive, it does not always provide the lowest price. We all know that cheapest is not always the best. As co-ordinator of the program, I will never compromise quality for the sake of price. Quality and customer support (especially after the sale) are the backbone of the program.

In addition, your co-op can count on my support when using any Cost Cutters supplier. There is no such thing as a perfect service. So having someone in your corner, who advocates for you and your co-op, it is reassuring. It also saves time and money.

The newest service to the program is City Reporter (by Noratek) a unit inspection software. It has been tested in our sector and given thumbs up by staff. Noratek, a Canadian company, created custom an inspection template just for us, based on staff feedback. It is easy to use and adaptable. A number of co-ops have already purchased the software.

Noratek and other Cost Cutters suppliers will be at the national conference in Victoria, so be sure to visit them if you are going. Ricoh will be the official photocopier supplier of the AGM for the 15th year in a row!

There will be buttons that say ‘I am a Co-op Cost Cutter’ at the Cost Cutters table in Victoria. Please pick one up and proudly pin it on to celebrate 20 years of savings. 

My goal with Cost Cutters is to make sure that you and your co-op are well supported when using the program. You have made the program stick. And it is my ongoing responsibility to make sure the program works for you. Let’s make Co-op Cost Cutters the standard group of services used in every co-op!


Miriam Wohl, Co-op Cost Cutters Co-ordinator   
miriam@coophousing.com
CHFT Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Oakham House
55 Gould Street, Toronto 
click here for map
 
CHFT Diversity Scholarship Event
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front Street East, Toronto
click here for map
 
For more information please contact Angela Calderone,
angela@coophousing.com or 416 465-8688 extension 206.






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