As cities around the world recover from the impacts of the pandemic, there is a unique opportunity to tap into innovative forms of city-building that put social purpose at the centre of the rebuilding effort. In Toronto, there is an emerging movement towards creative mixed-use buildings that deliver significant affordable housing among other critical social infrastructures. Creative mixed-use buildings bring together public, private, and non-profit uses in novel ways, co-locating unexpected partners in the same facility.
CMHC First Nation Housing (the former name of INHS) produced a series of videos as part of a series called Stories of Our Houses, which showcased different successful housing initiatives and outcomes in a variety of First Nation communities.
Implemented a ‘housing as a business’ approach resulting in several local employment opportunities (over 50 jobs) and houses. Council commitment, better building standards, and broader focus on community needs all contributed to the success of this program.
Community members share the challenges and realities of living in their community: lack of water, electricity, and building standards. New builds employ local community members providing ownership and skills.
A community with a rapidly evolving housing portfolio becoming its strongest economic driver, leading to the development of community assets. Housing policy, job creation, rent collection, and protection of investment of maintenance all contributed to these successes.
Built pride and ownership in community, this was the first community to sign an Aboriginal Capacity Development agreement with CMCH to help members become homeowners through education and training
Working with CMHC and First Nation managed assisted programs, community members were empowered to own homes and lang
Building capacity in the local housing sector through training, education, partnership, and IT solutions resulting in more resilient community.
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