OAHS Family Taking Care of the Community

At Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, we go the extra mile to serve our community. During these unprecedented times, we thought it would be great to share what some of our caring team members are doing for the people!...

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Junot transitional housing set to go, after appeal dismissed

A planned transitional housing project on Junot Avenue is set to go ahead, after an appeal against a city zoning decision to allow the facility was dismissed. The project, which will be located between the EMS station and Boys & Girls Club building on Junot, would accommodate up to 58 people....

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All OAHS Offices Closed Until April 6, 2020

From today until April 6, 2020, all offices of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our business operations will still be running as usual. Please contact us at 1-866-391-1061 or at info@oahssc.ca for everyday matters. ...

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Postcards: “Death Sentence” – Indigenous Groups Spotlight Canada’s Homelessness Crisis

Nakuset was tired of waiting. So, when the Indigenous activist noticed a spike in deaths among Montreal's homeless population, many of them from the Inuit communities in northern Quebec, she rang the alarm and alerted city authorities. Then she collected the money and resources she needed to build Resilience Montreal, a downtown day centre that offers food, shelter as well as mental health and medical support to the homeless....

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City declares housing emergency

Canada's capital has become the first city in the country to declare a housing and homelessness emergency, but it's not at all clear what, if anything, that will change. Ottawa city council made the unanimous decision Wednesday following a lengthy debate over whether the city is truly facing an "emergency," or merely a "crisis."...

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CHRA Releases 2020 Pre-Budget Submission

In advance of the 2020 federal Budget, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) today issued its submission to the federal government outlining its key budgetary recommendations...

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Indigenous-led projects seek housing solutions

A new initiative is helping to further Indigenous-led ideas to address Indigenous social and housing needs. Under the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative, 24 proponents have been selected (from 342 submissions) to participate in an Accelerator period, which will provide innovators with mentoring support from Indigenous architects and other professionals to refine their ideas into projects that can be implemented....

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Statement on National Urban Indigenous Housing Strategy

This statement is the result of a strategic meeting between leaders from Indigenous communities across Canada, urban Indigenous housing and homelessness service providers, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha....

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Aboriginal Housing purchases Gore Bay’s Woods Lane Apartments

The Sudbury Manitoulin District Services Board (DSB) gave the green light to the sale of the Woods Lane Apartments building in Gore Bay, along with an adjacent vacant lot, to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services for one dollar apiece, during its November 28 board meeting in Espanola....

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DSB in talks with Aboriginal Housing over Gore Bay properties

Following an in camera session at the October meeting of the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB), a motion was made to allow the DSB to begin negotiations with Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) for the disposition of two of its three Gore Bay properties....

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‘They don’t have a home’: Kenora, Ont., shelter re-sets its focus

A downtown homeless shelter is getting ready to reopen its doors again full-time. After being forced to close in August over community concerns, the homeless service hub has restructured its hours. It now operates as an emergency shelter only – open every evening from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. – and will for the next three months....

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