Category: Education

06 Feb 2017

Applications are now open for CHASEO’s 2017 Diversity Scholarships!

Click here to download the application form and instructions.

Click here to download the flyer to share with your co-op!

Diversity Scholarship Program
CHASEO recognizes that the strength of its membership is reflected in the many cultures and identities represented within its co-ops. CHASEO encourages applications from these diverse communities.

Our Goal
The purpose of the CHASEO Diversity Scholarship is to recognize people living in co-ops who are actively promoting diversity through work within their community. We want to help them with their post-secondary education by providing them with award money.

The Scholarships
We offer scholarships to students who are just graduating from high school, or are currently enrolled in post-secondary education, or are returning to school after a break to complete an undergraduate program.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • Live in a CHASEO member co-op
  • Plan to attend a publicly funded, Canadian community college or university or approved apprenticeship training program on a full-time basis in the 2017/2018 academic year
  • Have used their knowledge and understanding of diversity to make a positive contribution to their school and/or local community
  • Have a demonstrated financial need.

Application Deadline: Thursday March 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The Diversity Scholarship program is a joint project of the Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto Charitable Fund.

24 Jan 2017

Register now for Spring Congress, April 29th

We’re looking forward to a day of learning, networking, and co-operation at our Spring Congress, which will take place Saturday, April 29th, at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall (formerly the River Building).  The Spring Congress will feature a morning of workshops, followed by a trade show and our Annual General Meeting.

For more information and to register, click here.

22 Jun 2016

Expanding your co-op to meet members’ changing needs

In June, the CHASEO staff team and several of our Board members had the pleasure of attending CHF Canada’s 2016 Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, ON.  It was a great opportunity to talk with others in the co-op sector and to learn from workshops.

One particularly interesting presentation came from Tim Welch Consulting, on the topic of “Co-op Housing: The Next Generation”.

Welch shared insights from his experience helping co-ops expand to offer more units, and to have a mix of unit types that meets their members’ needs. He spoke about assisting Four Feathers Housing Co-op (London ON), Halam Park Housing Co-operative (Hamilton, ON), and Albert Haenchen Co-operative Homes (Waterloo, ON) with expansion projects.

Some of the main reasons co-ops chose to expand were:

  • To add one-bedroom units to support aging in place
  • To add accessible units
  • To add or improve common areas

 

While each project and each co-op are different, he identified success factors that he found made a redevelopment project more likely to succeed:

  • Consistent and dedicated Board and staff leadership
  • Keeping members informed of plans and progress, and focused on goals
  • Ability to contribute own operating funds, land, or equity through refinancing
  • Good financial state
  • Willingness to take reasonable risks
  • Having a plan prepared in advance of capital funding proposal calls
  • Supportive municipality

 

Welch identified many innovative paths and strategies that these co-ops took to make redevelopment possible:

  • Obtaining financing through Community Forward Fund (a Canadian nonprofit that makes loans to, and arranges financing for, nonprofits and charities), that did not have to be registered on the title.
  • Combining City Funding with Aboriginal funding
  • Successfully advocating for the municipality to transfer RGI to some of new units for overhoused members
  • Collaborating with other area co-ops on a larger-scale development
  • Advocating to elected officials and senior civil servants for a more flexible program to help manage cash flow requirements in pre-construction phase
  • Selling off scattered units to raise capital
  • Expanding through equity co-op model

 

Overall, the message from the workshop that came through loud and clear was that in order to expand to meet members’ needs, co-ops need to be proactive, innovative, and goal-oriented.

CHF Canada members can access the workshop materials from the 2016 AGM here.

02 May 2016

Spring Congress Workshop Materials

What’s Next?

Moderator: Penelope Winter

Panelists: Linda Stephenson, Karla Skoutajan, & Peter Trostscha

When Rights Clash in Co-ops: Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate

Instructor: Celia Chandler

Aging in Place

Instructors: Cynthia Mitchell & Fazeela Jiwa

 

Vieillir chez soi

Instructeurs: Marie-Josée Houle et Jean-Michel Bedard

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