Opportunity for Tenants to Develop Advocacy Skills

Opportunity for Tenants to Develop Advocacy Skills

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association creates new tenant leadership group.

At Calgary Housing Company we encourage tenants to get involved with their community. The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) has a great opportunity for tenants who wish to become better advocates to speak on behalf of the tenant community by applying to join the CHRA’s newly formed Tenant Leadership Group, a national initiative designed to increase the capacity of tenant leadership across Canada.

Why apply to join the Tenant Leadership Group?

If you want to get more involved as a tenant in your community, and are looking for the tools and experience to help you advocate and help you become a tenant leader, then this group will be of interest to you.

The Tenant Leadership Group will provide training, resources, and leadership development to a group of approximately 25 aspiring tenant leaders across Canada.

Through this program, individuals will gain valuable skills and experiences to better enable them to speak on behalf of the tenant community.

Who can apply?

Individuals currently over the age of 18 who reside in a rental unit in Canada can apply! Preference will be given to tenants living in community housing (non-profit, social, co-op, supportive, or other forms of community housing.)

Visit the CHRA web page for more info and apply by June 5.

How it works

Members of the group are expected to participate and review materials provided through the program, which is expected to run from June 2020 to April 2021.

  • participants will devote approximately 5-10 hours per month to the program (additional time is encouraged.)
  • work and engagement will be done virtually; participants must have access to a computer with audio and internet, and a phone.
  • After completing the program, participants are expected to take up a tenant leadership role in their community or regions.
  • This may take many forms, such as: consulting on government initiatives, setting up or leading tenant bodies, advocating for tenant issues, or a range of other possible leadership roles.

Please note that there is no fee to participate in this program, and CHRA will cover all costs related to attending the 2021 National Congress

Learn about the group and how to apply on the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s web page.

The application deadline is June 5, 2020. CHRA will evaluate applications that week, and all applicants will be advised of their status shortly after.

Members of the group will also be invited to participate in the 2021 CHRA National Congress on Housing and Homelessness taking place from April 27-29, 2021 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. At Congress, they will participate in programming unique to the Leadership Group, and the broader Congress program.

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