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2017 Halifax Housing and Homelessness Symposium

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Halifax Central Library

5440 Spring Garden Road

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1E9


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The Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership is pleased to invite you to attend its annual housing conference to be held at the Halifax Central Library, on Monday, November 20, 2017.

This event provides a forum for the most experienced practitioners, policy makers, and leaders in Nova Scotia’s housing sector to come together, explore innovative solutions, and improve outcomes in affordable housing.

This year’s conference will focus on best practices to help social housing providers improve their housing stock and continue to build capacity as service providers, property owners and managers.

Come and meet your colleagues, expand your network, and explore new opportunities that can help make your work more effective and your organization more sustainable.

Topics to be covered in this year's conference include:

This year’s workshops include:

  • A look at the upcoming National Housing Strategy (NHS)

  • Current state of housing, new affordable housing developments and lessons learned

  • Health equity

  • The value of "neighbourhood"

  • Access and alternative models of service delivery,

  • A review of the Home for Good project

  • And more…

Together we can build a better Affordable Housing sector.

Who should attend?

Homelessness and housing providers, landlords, developers and builders; residents and community advocates; planners, architects, consultants; policy makers, researchers and anyone interested in being part of the conversation on affordable housing in Halifax.

*Please note that space in the workshops are limited*

Agenda - November 20th, 2017 (may be subject to some changes)

8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee (Paul O'Regan Hall)

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks – Halifax Housing and Homelessness Partnership

With contributions from:

- Max Chauvin (MC, and Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Partnership)

- Elder Debbie Eisan (Opening Prayer)

- Sobaz (Drumming)

- Mayor Mike Savage

- Brendan Maguire (Ministerial Assistant to the Honourable Kelly Regan)

- Michelle Maillet (Regional Manager, Atlantic Affordable Housing, CMHC)

9:30 a.m. Panel Regarding the State of Housing and What is Expected from the NHS

Panelist will include; Brian Giacomo (Executive Director of Tawaak Housing), Karen Brodeur (Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada), Claudia Jahn (Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia)

Moderated by Coucillor Lindell Smith

(Paul O'Regan Hall)

10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break - Catered by Stone Hearth Cafe

10:45 a.m. New Affordable Housing Developments and Lessons Learned

Panelists will include representatives from; Rich Grant (CEO of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia), Shaun MacLean (Executive Director of Pathways Cape Breton), and Colleen Cameron (Chair of the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society).

Moderated by Charles Aucoin, CMHC

(Paul O'Regan Hall)

12:00PM Lunch - Catered by Stone Hearth Cafe (Paul O'Regan Hall)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Concurrent Workshops

Workshop #1 Health Equity (BMO Community Room)

Facilitated by Jill MacLellan (HRM Planning)

With contribution from Valerie Blair and Dorothy Edem of the Nova Scotia Health Authority

Housing is a key social determinant of health which can impact one’s ability to attain their ideal health status. This session will explore the importance of housing through a health equity lens. Using case studies and local statistics, participants will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of health equity and its application to housing. At the end of the session, participants will have gained some experience in using health equity tools and they will receive a resource package to support the integration of health equity into their work going forward.

Workshop #2 Stop Look & Listen (Creative Lab)

Facilitated by Claudia Jahn (Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia)

With Contribution from Grant Wanzel, Adriane Salah and Juniper Littlefield

This workshop will investigate what it means to think and work "critically" in the fields of homelessness and housing poverty.

Workshop #3 HIFIS 4.0

Facilitation by senior ESDC IT staff from Ottawa and Barrington Consulting of Halifax

The workshop will introduce HIFIS users to the new web-based HIFIS 4.0, a data management tool for communities to manage the supports and services provided to clients. The session will discuss what HIFIS can do for you and highlight some of the key features of HIFIS 4, such as case management, housing placements, SPDAT/VAT, outreach and Point-in-Time counts.

2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

2:45PM - 4:15PM - Concurrent Workshops (cont.)

Workshop #4 Homelessness Research Lab

Facilitated by: Andy Sherin (The Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI)

This workshop will include a review and discussion of a number of ongoing projects, including:

- Enhanced Enumeration - Combining Point in Time Count and Registry Week in 2018

Claudia Jahn of the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia

- Housing First Evaluation

Nancy Carter of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

- Home for Good: Centering First Voices in Program and Policy Development

Charlene Gagnon (Home for Good Project Coordinator)

Workshop #5 Access and Alternative Models of Service Delivery

This workshop will investigate how new approaches in service delivery can address issues of accessibility, affordability, and quality of life.

With contributions from Ali Shaver (Mobile Food Market), Becky Marval (MOSH), and Lois Miller, MSW (Community Homes Action Group).

4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Reflections and Next Steps (BMO Community Room)

How to register?

This event is offered free of charge thanks to our sponsors. However, space is limited so register as soon as you can. Delegates can register by logging on to, or by contacting Kevin Hooper (

*** Further information will be added to this site as it becomes available.

*** Please direct any questions or concerns to Kevin Hooper:

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