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CHF Canada media release
June 13, 2008 – The Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada celebrates its 40th anniversary with the publication of a new history of co‑operative housing in Canada. Under Construction: A History of Co‑operative Housing in Canada is a success story, built on the principles and perseverance of people who just wouldn’t take no for an answer in their pursuit of a place for housing co‑ops in Canada.
“A small but determined group got together to lobby for co‑operative housing in 1968, and that has given birth to a powerful movement,” says Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada’s executive director.
“It is an extraordinary fact that the calls for more co‑operative housing in Canada are heard loudest from housing co‑op members, who seek nothing for themselves but rather the advantage for others of what they already enjoy.”
The official launch will take place at CHF Canada’s annual general meeting in Toronto, on June 14, at the Westin Harbour Castle. Author Leslie Cole will speak to more than 700 housing co‑op members from across Canada.
There are more than 93,000 co‑op homes in Canada, providing affordable housing for a quarter of a million Canadians. But the number of co‑ops cannot meet the demand for affordable housing. Most co‑ops have long waiting lists and the problem will become more acute as the government funding programs that help house low-income residents come to an end.
CHF Canada members are working with other organizations and calling on all levels of government to help the 4 million Canadians in core housing need.
Delegates will not only celebrate 40 years of success, but examine current housing needs and make plans for the future.of
Merrilee Robson, Program Manager, Communications, (778) 227-3864 (cell), (416) 861-8755 (CHF Canada conference office, June 11 – 14) or mrobson @ chfcanada.coop
Leslie Cole, (613) 565 0806 or lcole @ aucc.ca