Mission: The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) works to better the housing situation of Ontario residents who have low incomes including tenants, co-op members and people who are homeless. ACTO achieves this through:
test case litigation;
lobbying and law reform;
housing policy work;
community organizing; and,
public legal education.
ACTO works with legal clinics, tenant associations and other groups and individuals concerned about housing issues. ACTO is funded by Legal Aid Ontario and has been in existence since September, 2001.
Mission: ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the USA's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 220,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, Argentina, and Peru.
ACORN's accomplishments include successful campaigns for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, and more.
ACORN members participate in local meetings and actively work on campaigns, elect leadership from the neighborhood level up, and pay the organization's core expenses through membership dues and grassroots fundraisers.
ACORN has constantly challenged the traditional notions of what a community organization is, and its family of organizations includes two radio stations, a voter registration network, a housing corporation, and several publications.
Mission: Our members include directors, managers, employees, tenants of territorial, provincial, municipal agencies as well as elected representatives, academics, housing conultants, municipal planners, tenants associations and others interested in the field.
We are the only national non-profit organisations representing the social housing sector in Canada. CHRA's goal is commitment to the principal of access to adequate and affordable housing as a fundamental human right. CHRA lighters public awareness of housing issues and in equalities through advocacy, research, communications and promotes excellence in the management of social housing through education and training.
CHRA monitors and advises on the development of social policy affecting housing. They research housing issues and outcomes and also promote the exhange of information, ideas, expertise and innovations with other countries.
Mission: CERA works to remove the barriers that keep disadvantaged individuals and families from accessing and retaining the housing they need. CERA has become a world leader in using both domestic and international human rights law to address issues of homelessness and poverty.
Mission: Is an organisation working to improve the living conditions for the poor in less developed communities. The focus is on shelter, settlement planning, water and sanitation, health, small enterprise and disaster mitigation.
A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Mission: NAC no longer has funding for activities.
Activities I have undertaken are at my own expense and sometimes part of my small business. Lowering energy use and emissions that contribute to global warming and assuring the systems of a home are safe and healthy for inhabitatants is activities. Energy costs can make homes unaffordable.
With the regional YWCA I am working on developing a "safe space" for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Haliburton is the only County in Ontario without a safe space for women and children fleeing violence.
Mission: International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world, and build the capacity of grassroots organizations to participate in and, wherever possible, lead efforts toward these goals.
Displacement Dispossession Economic, social and cultural rights Forced eviction Gentrification Housing and land rights Housing cooperatives Housing crisis Housing policies Housing rehabilitation / upgrading
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Urban agriculture Urban planning
Mission: The mission of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless shall be advocating with and representing the dignity and rights of persons who are homeless in our society toward the goal of preventing homelessness and seeking appropriate and affordable housing and services for all.
Founded in 1981 the Task Force has consistently served as the central coordinating agency for services to individuals who are homeless. For the past 31 years we have served several hundred thousand individuals. Our programs help link people to services that include but are not limited to: shelter, housing outreach, transportation, employment and health care.
Through our 24-hour hotline, street outreach, day service program, overflow shelter and transitional housing, the Task Force is serving over 1000 individuals daily. No one who needs shelter is turned away.
The Task Force is the organizer of coalitions involving diverse groups of people in the development of policies that prevent and end homelessness. Since 1988 the Task Force Executive Director has participated as a member of the Board of the National Coalition for the Homeless and since 1995 as a member of the Habitat International Coalition.
Mission: Notre organisme est un organisme de défense de droits et d’Éducation Populaire qui vient en aide aux prestataires de la Sécurité du Revenu ( Aide-Sociale ) ainsi qu’aux prestataires de l’Assurance-Emploi (Assurance-Chômage) Notre organisme est un organisme d’éducation populaire impliqué au niveau local, régional , national (Québec) ainsi qu’au niveau Canadien .
Mission: Our Mission is to end homelessness.
Toward this end, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) engages in public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing. We focus our work in the following 4 areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights. Most recently, we launched the Bringing America Home Campaign, a comprehensive campaign to end homelessness.
The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.
Mission: Rooftops Canada - Abri International is the international development program of cooperative and social housing organizations in Canada. Rooftops Canada works with partner organizations to improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. Rooftops Canada’s focus is on disadvantaged communities in Africa. It also works in countries in transition, India, the Philippines and in collaboraiton with the Habitat International Coalition.
Mission: Stronger rights for tenants. We provide information to tenants about their rights, and suggest ways to resolve conflicts with landlords. We lobby the provincial government for better legal protection for tenants, and work to ensure the fair and consistent administration of the Residential Tenancy Act.
Affordable rental housing. With community groups, we work to persuade local governments to make laws that increase the supply of affordable rental housing. We lobby governments to fund new affordable housing. We promote tenant involvement in community planning. We ask that developers and land speculators do their fair share to meet increasing need for rental housing.
Safe and healthy housing. We help tenants organize to defend their rights and improve their living conditions. We lobby governments to make laws to improve the condition of rental housing.
Mission: The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is on developing research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities.
-identify and advance practical and achievable policy alternatives and solutions to pressing issues of urban health;
-fund research on the social determinants of health and health disparities, focusing on the relationships between health and housing, poverty and income distribution, social exclusion and other social and economic inequalities;
-support community engagement and capacity building;
-work in numerous collaborations and partnerships locally, nationally and internationally, to support social and policy change to address the impact of the social determinants of health.
Our organization is a unique hybrid: While there are many policy institutes and think tanks, many organizations providing capacity building, and some funding of community-based research, no other institute in Canada brings all these strands together , all focused on developing research and community-based policy solutions to problems of urban health.
Habitat International Coalition