The Ottawa Social Housing Network (OSHN) Shared Services Project is exploring opportunities for joint procurement contracts and selling and buying of services between housing providers in Ottawa. The primary goal of the project is to increase capabilities of all housing providers to deliver essential services through joint procurement and the sharing of services. Additionally, the project aims to achieve cost savings and foster relationships among the housing providers.
OSHN was established in 1997 and involves representatives from all social housing sectors in Ottawa – non-profit housing, non-profit co-operatives, supportive housing providers, community housing service organizations and urban Indigenous groups. It has more than 100 member organizations that manage approximately 30,000 housing units.
The Shared Services Project began in 2017. Today, it is in Phase III. Phase III is funded by the Community Housing Transformation Centre (CHTC) and Cahdco is the Project Manager.
As a part of feasibility work, OSHN is exploring opportunities for sharing of services related to pest management services. This involved speaking one-on-one with representatives from sixteen housing providers. From these conversations, fourteen steps were determined to be best practices when dealing with bed bugs, as it was heard from the housing providers. OSHN wanted to share these fourteen steps with you today.
It is OSHN’s hope that this list will help housing providers to manage pests more efficiently, resulting in fewer infestations, fewer chemicals treatments, and ultimately fewer costs to the housing provider.