Gaining Community Acceptance of Affordable Housing Projects and Homeless Shelters

In 2003, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC and the Housing and Homelessness Branch of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), formed a partnership to create and pilot a workshop in Ontario called Strategies for Gaining Community Acceptance for affordable housing projects and homeless shelters. Following the successful pilot, workshops have been held both within and outside of Ontario (for example Halifax and Vancouver). The primary objectives of these workshops were to: - address "protectionist attitudes and exclusionary/oppositional tactics adopted by community groups facing an unwelcome development in their neighbourhood" - provide insights in to the reasons for opposition to affordable housing and homeless shelters - provide tools and examples of best practices and strategies to gain community acceptance and awareness

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