How could or should Canada’s community housing sector look differently in the future? What are some good examples of innovative housing projects and practices from across the country – and around the world? What lessons can we learn? These are all questions that we tackle in this last episode of our special series on community housing.

In this episode, co-hosts Hanan Ali and Natasha Mhuriro speak with Djaka Blais, Executive Director of Hogan’s Alley Society; Robert Byers, President & C-E-O of Namerind Housing Corporation; Joshua Evans, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. and Franz Bernhardt, Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalborg University, Denmark about alternative models of community housing.

Show notes

This episode is part of the Demystifying Community Housing Podcast series.

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Djaka Blais
Djaka Blais is the inaugural executive director of Hogan's Alley, a Vancouver-based non-profit focused on advancing the social, political, economic, and cultural well-being of people of African descent (Black People) through the delivery of inclusive housing, built spaces, and culturally informed programming.
Robert Byers
Robert Byers is the president and CEO of Regina's Namerind Housing Corporation, a provider of affordable housing to the city's Indigenous community.
Joshua Evans
Joshua Evans is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research concerns spaces of care, home, and work and their role in shaping the lived experiences of socially marginalized and vulnerable individuals.
Franz Bernhardt
Franz Bernhardt is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalborg University in Denmark. His research focuses on the politics of migration, cities, nationalism and citizenship.
Hanan Ali
Hanan Ali is a research assistant with the Community Housing Canada initiative. As a M.A. alumnus of SFU’s School for International Studies, her research interests cut across housing policy, comparative urban governance, social reproduction, place-making and the politics of belonging in city/neighbourhood spaces.
Natasha Mhuriro
Natasha Mhuriro is a research assistant with the Community Housing Canada Initiative. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from SFU’s School of Public Policy. Her research interests encompass a range of current public policy solutions, including access to safe, affordable housing options for racialized communities, and the use of disaggregated race-based data to address inequities in housing.