Creating Housing Solutions in Lanark County

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:00pm


Join us for an afternoon of workshops and discussions to create an
actionable plan to ensure everyone has a safe and secure place to call home.

Meet with representation from municipalities in Lanark County,
community groups, youth organizations, women’s groups, housing
providers, seniors, legal clinic, funding agencies and more.

1 - 5pm - workshops on tenant rights, alternative funding options, local housing
initiatives and community advocacy.
5:30pm - 8pm - dinner, lessons learned, discussions & next steps



1:00 – 1:45 pm        Housing Issues and Options – An Evidence-Based Approach

Nelson Rogers, MSW, Ed.D. Robert Leitch, BLSc, M.Ed.

1:45 – 2:00 pm        Community Bonds-What are they and how do they work?

Fraser Scantlebury,, Regional Director, United Way East Ontario

2:00 – 2:15 pm        How the Perth and District Community Foundation works to create funding for initiatives in our community.

Jean Dunning, President, Perth and District Community Foundation

2:15 – 3:00 pm        Housing First:  An initiative to address homelessness

Stephanie Manoni-Millar, University of Ottawa

3:00 – 4:00 pm        Tenant’s Rights in Ontario

Linda Tranter, Staff Lawyer at the Legal Clinic in Perth

4:00 – 5:00 pm        Affordable Housing Development 101

Graeme Hussey, President of Cahdco


*Please see below for more information about the workshops and presenters.


This forum is made possible with the funding support of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) 2019 grant from Lanark County.



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Bios & Workshop Descriptions

Linda Tranter is the Staff Lawyer practicing anti-poverty law at the Legal Clinic since 2000.  Previously Linda has worked as a lawyer at Keewaytinok Native Legal Services in Moosonee 1997 to 2000, a Refugee Lawyer in Toronto, a Refugee Support Worker and  Advocate for Sojourn House, and a Developmental Services Worker.

Linda’s current position is at the legal clinic (which is distinct from legal aid) and provides free non-profit legal service for low income people in Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties.

As the staff lawyer her role is to advise and represent clients at the Landlord and Tenant Board, Social Benefits Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal of Canada, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Today’s Workshop focuses on Tenant’s Rights in Ontario covering such topics as the duties of landlords and tenants, evictions, maintenance/repair issues, harassment and discrimination, rent-geared-to-income rules and homelessness prevention strategies. Know your rights and how to stay safe in your housing!


Graeme Hussey is the President of Cahdco, a non-profit real estate development corporation and sister to Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC). Cahdco develops affordable housing and social purpose real estate and provides consulting in the Ottawa area. Cahdco combines the experience and resources of CCOC with a team of development, construction, and project management experts.

His topic will be “Affordable Housing Development 101”, or how to create and finance affordable rental housing.  The presentation will include recent examples of projects Cahdco has completed.


Stephanie Manoni-Millar is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa working with Tim Aubrey (co-chair Housing First ON)

Housing First involves moving people experiencing homelessness —particularly people experiencing chronic homelessness—rapidly from the street or emergency shelters into stable and long-term housing, with supports.  It is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.


Robert Leitch and Nelson Rogers, Community Transformation Associates, Inc.

Nelson Rogers is a researcher, consultant, and conference speaker in areas related to program review and strategic planning, community development, postsecondary education, and applied research and innovation, with particular expertise in rural contexts. Nelson previously worked at Algonquin College as a professor, research manager, director and dean.

Robert Leitch is an educator, business analyst, information scientist and foresight strategist with graduate degrees in Educational Technology, and Library and Information Science. Robert has demonstrated leadership in program and project innovation, including with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s Financial Literacy program and the Lanark Communications Network - Canada’s first community-based rural broadband network.

Housing Issues and Options – An Evidence-Based Approach

Suitable housing must be: Appropriate, Accessible, Affordable, and Available.  However, the “housing needs continuum” is complex – including homelessness, formal and informal temporary housing, supportive housing, market and social rental housing, various forms of home ownership and innovations in housing. Current demographic and economic trends in rural Eastern Ontario reveal that housing challenges will become more serious in the decade of the 2020s.  Considering the complexity of issues related to housing, and the urgency of effective action on many fronts, data access and analysis to support evidence-based decision-making is extremely important. 

The Big Data for Small Places (BD4SP) program is a data literacy and data utilization capacity-building process relevant to a variety of topics. It was designed to allow working groups to focus on a current issue and access a wide range of data-related resources to address a specific challenge. The program includes topics such as:

  • understanding the real needs of the community 
  • tips for reviewing community profile data to quickly identify areas of concern
  • how to tap into local and national networks to enhance community data utilization
  • how to balance hard data with local knowledge
  • tips for communicating data-related insights to various audiences

This workshop will discuss how the Big Data for Small Places approach could address the key issues and options relevant to housing in Lanark County and area.

Community Transformation Associates, Inc. (CTA-Inc) helps rural and small-town communities thrive and prosper through effective use of data, research, and knowledge mobilization.



Carleton Place Arena, 75 Neelin Street, Carleton Place, ON

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