International Experts in Toronto to Learn from Housing Projects

    TORONTO, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Poverty is on the minds of Canadians as
they head to the polls - and also on the minds of housing experts from the
United Stated and the United Kingdom as they come together in Canada for the
first time in six years to attend the Tri-Country Conference, hosted by the
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.
    "Many Canadians are deeply disturbed by the poverty in this country and
we have seen that during this election campaign. More than four million of our
fellow citizens live in inadequate conditions, and many go without the basic
necessities of life in order to pay rent. This is unacceptable in a country as
rich as ours. We need to develop a national affordable housing strategy to
guide us out of this," says CHRA President Dave Eddy.
    This year's conference gets started on Election Day and goes until
October 17th. It will feature an opening keynote address by Dr. Anne Golden,
President and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada, who in 1998 chaired the
influential task force on homelessness for the federal government.
    "The theme of the Tri-Country conference is: Creating a Modern Housing
Policy: A Legacy for Tomorrow's Leaders. It provides us with an opportunity to
learn from what other countries are doing right and also for them to see some
of our success stories," says Mr. Eddy.
    The conference will feature a tour of Regent Park, highlighting youth and
tenant engagement in the context of revitalization, and a tour of local
Housing First initiatives. Each tour will have photo opportunities. The
conference will also focus on engaging and developing tomorrow's housing
leaders. Post-secondary students and young professionals from each of the
three countries will participate, bringing fresh perspectives to the
discussions. Noted youth culture expert Michelle Dagnino will address the
delegates on the theme of attracting young people to a career in the
affordable housing sector.
    International speakers include Steve Benson, President of the Chartered
Institute of Housing in the United Kingdom, Renée Rooker, President of the
National Association of Housing and Renewal Officials in the United States,
and Julian Silver, Policy Director of the Housing New Zealand Corporation.

    Media are invited to participate in all sessions and study tours.

    Where: The Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria St., Toronto, ON.

    When: October 14-17, 2008

    Oct. 14:

    Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Address by Dr. Anne Golden:
    9:30 am - 10:15 am

    Plenary session featuring international speakers: 9:00 am - 9:30 am /
    10:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Michelle Dagnino, Luncheon speaker: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

    Oct. 15 & 16:

    Mobile Tours of Regent Park and Housing First: 1:30-4:30 pm

For further information:

For further information: If you would like to attend sessions or study
tours, arrange interviews, or obtain a complete program, please contact:
Melodie Cardin, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Housing and Renewal
Association, (613) 594-3007 ext. 19,,

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