Case Studies

As social housing operating agreements begin to expire across Canada, and, with them, the rental assistance needed for many low-income tenants to stay housed, the impacts are deep and personal.  Here are some of the real-life stories of the families, the housing providers and the community leaders who are making difficult decisions, going through tough transitions and trying to make the best of a bad situation. 

1. 106 low-income families at risk of homelessness in Sudbury and Espanola

With operating agreements already expiring, the Native People of Sudbury Development Corporation (NPDC) has lost the ability to subsidize rent for families who require assistance.  We hear one family’s relocation story and learn more about what NPDC and the Sudbury area will face in the next few years.

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2. Affordable housing for low-income Aboriginal families in Regina will be lost if federal funding ends

We get a look at the financial hit that Silver Sage Housing Corporation is dealing with as operating agreements end and, despite many worries for the future, their plans to stay focused on minimizing tenant impact.

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3. Non-profit group housing 145 low-income families in Nova Scotia may have to close doors if no federal reinvestment

As the Tawaak Housing Association braces for the impact of lost funding for rental assistance, their Executive Director speaks out about the termination of funding saying it “rips at the social fabric of Canada.”

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4. Federal investment in social housing renovations and repairs in Brantford would help ensure homes stay affordable

Brantford Native Housing has benefited from past incentive programs that allowed money-saving upgrades to their homes. They advocate for similar funding in the future, as one approach to help keep their homes habitable and their books balanced.

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5. In Victoria, the challenge of maintaining affordable rents while paying for maintenance and repairs

Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) is reviewing their options in advance of operating agreements ending at two of their buildings, being realistic about the difficult financial position they will face, yet being determined to stay on mission to support low-income households.

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6. Social housing which provides affordable homes to Aboriginal families will be lost without renewed funding

According to the Housing Manager of the Native People of Thunder Bay Development Corporation (NPTBDC), the needs of their tenants cannot be met and the individual homes they live in now cannot be maintained without funding assistance, prompting him to remark “This will be an astronomical social issue.”

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7. Social housing provider in Lloydminster has no choice but to increase rents as its federal funding is cut

With government funding already less than half of what it once was, The Lloydminister Métis Housing Group can no longer afford to accept tenants that have an elevated risk of not making rent -  even if they are families with the deepest needs.

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8. June and Deborah, two tenants who rely on the social housing provided by Métis Urban Housing Corporation (MUHC) share their wrenching stories about facing eviction. 

The expiry of operating agreements forced MUHC to sell units, increase rents and remove subsidies that were in place to help lone-parent Métis and Aboriginal families, like June’s and Deborah’s, stay housed.

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9. BC housing provider makes difficult choices affecting those in the community most in need. 

The Prince George Métis Housing Society has initiated a variety of organizational changes to address the continuing need for housing in northern British Columbia in the face of the ongoing expiry of federally funded social housing operating agreements.

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