Webinar recap: Social Sustainability in Multi-Unit Housing 

On March 1st, Hey Neighbour Collective (HNC) and CMHC co-hosted a webinar entitled ‘Social Sustainability in Multi-Unit Housing.’ A diverse audience, including local and federal government employees, housing providers and non-profit organizations, heard from HNC partners about various approaches to building community, neighbourly social connections and resilience in multi-unit residential buildings. 

We are pleased to share the video and slides from the webinar below, as well as the related resources and links from our speakers. 

Michelle Hoar, Project Director for Hey Neighbour Collective, moderated the session and gave a high-level overview about HNC.

Stacy Barter, Executive Director of Building Resilient Neighbourhoods (and HNC’s Director of Learning & Evaluation) presented about the Connect & Prepare program, which works with groups of neighbours – in partnership with local government emergency management professionals – to foster mutual assistance and preparedness planning in multi-unit housing and at the block scale. Learn more:

Suzanne Klassen, Community Engagement Coordinator for Brightside Community Homes Foundation, detailed their approach to support residents and growing community in independent, non-profit housing. Learn more:

Finally, Jennifer Conroy, Program Director for West End Seniors’ Network, highlighted how their Close to Home program supports residents to become community connectors in their buildings. Learn more: