Mark Goldblatt honoured for helping to build co-op housing

    VICTORIA, May 30 /CNW Telbec/ - "Mark Goldblatt's role in establishing
co-op housing in this country cannot be overstated," says Nicholas Gazzard,
executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF
Canada). "In helping to negotiate the Section 95 program, Canada's largest
co-op housing development program, and the Index-Linked Mortgage (ILM) co-op
housing program that followed it in the early 1980s, he contributed to the
construction of thousands of units of co-operative housing."
    Even when funding programs for new co-op development had ended, he worked
with others and gathered funds from various levels of government and other
funders to create Blue Heron and McLean housing co-ops in Ottawa.
    Goldblatt will be named an honorary life associate of the Co-operative
Housing Federation of Canada at its Annual General Meeting on May 30 at 9 pm
in the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria.
    In the early 1970s in Toronto Goldblatt was a community organizer. A
housing crisis and a new federal funding program in 1973, led him to work with
others to develop housing co-ops in the downtown neighbourhood of
Bathurst-King. He went on to co-found the Co-operative Housing Federation of
Toronto (CHFT).
    Goldblatt served on CHF Canada's board from 1983 to 1986, and as
executive director from 1986 to 1989. Under his watch, the federation expanded
its services across the country and established a strong funding base.
    He continues to see a bright future for the role of co-op housing. "Co-op
housing has a potential to transform our cities," Goldblatt says. "It's proven
it works."
    Goldblatt also helped found Rooftops Canada, an international development
organization and has served as president of the Canadian Worker Co-operative
Federation. He is currently a co-operative development manager with the
Canadian Co-operative Association.

    CHF Canada is a national organization representing over 900 non-profit
housing co-operatives across Canada. The Honorary Life Associate is presented
annually to individuals who have given long and valuable service to CHF
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For further information:

For further information: Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, (613)
230-2201 ext. 230, (613) 293-8913 (cell),; Merrilee
Robson, Program Manager, Communications, 1-877-533-2667, ext. 122, (778)
227-3864 (cell),

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