The Community-Based Tenant Initiative provides contributions to support local organizations whose purpose is to assist people in housing need. The initiative supports tenants having access to information on housing options and better participating in housing decisions that affect them.
The Community Based Tenant Initiative Fund provides targeted grants and contributions to eligible organizations to fund projects that raise awareness of tenant issues, and to support the implementation of new and improved tenant engagement practices.
By providing contributions to eligible local organizations, the Initiative supports tenants having proper access to information for housing options and ultimately better participation in housing decisions that affect them. The Initiative will also support tenants achieving readiness to access housing benefits by providing financial literacy and management support.
Activities covered under the Community Based Tenant Initiative should help achieve at least one of the following:
Increase access to information.
Build capacity around housing decisions and responsibilities.
Increase participation in housing-related decisions and projects.
Funding will be available to local organizations that work with tenants, tenant associations, community housing providers (non-profit, social housing or co-operative) or sector service providers. Their purpose, objectives or related programming must promote access to information and housing related capacity building resources for tenants.
The Community-Based Tenant Initiative provides small contributions to local organizations that:
Assist people in housing need
Help tenants access information on housing options
Participate in on-site consultations for major developments
Provide support with financial literacy and financial management (such as transitioning to the Canada Housing Benefit)
The Community-Based Tenant Initiative will provide $10 million in funding over five years for local organizations that assist people in housing need to access resources and information about their housing options.