Written by Luke Winspear
May 15, 2023
The Toolbox+ is a national community of practice to increase the knowledge and organizational capacity to create affordable housing.
To improve pre-development processes, Cahdco created the Affordable Housing Development Toolbox+, also called Toolbox+. It is a two-tiered program to coach and mentor housing organizations to increase their development knowledge and capacity.
Cahdco’s Toolbox+ is our way of sharing our knowledge and expertise though a series of learning, coaching, and mentorship modules with groups across the country. The modules are taught through various ways including webinar lectures, peer-to-peer learning sessions, storytelling, and activity-based learning. Toolbox+ is currently comprised of two programs, the Blueprints Program and Foundations Program.
All participants are paired with a mentor organization with housing development experience to answer development-specific questions beyond the program’s teaching. Both programs have an objective to create a network of peers that spans across Canada for participants to connect with and reach out to with questions and to provide support. An online platform is used to create and encourage opportunities for social interaction and engagement.
The Blueprints Program is intended for organizations early in the development process and interested in learning and gaining knowledge of development activities. Participants in Blueprints gain an introductory knowledge of Affordable Housing Development and create a feasibility study for a potential or real project. Participants are encouraged to pick a project before the first week so that they can work on it as they move through the program.
The Foundations Program is for organizations that have experience with development and are interested in building upon these skills to increase their in-house capacity and sell development services to others. Participants in Foundations will work on a development strategy for their organization which will help them grow their organizational capacity.
Some of the impacts of participating in the Toolbox+ include:
Toolbox+ is looking for participants from all across Canada as our goal is to increase the affordable housing development capacity nationally.
We are looking for participants from any type of organization working in affordable housing development. This includes but is not limited to faith organizations, transitional housing organizations, housing cooperatives, and organizations focusing on specific equity deserving groups.
Participation in Toolbox+ requires a commitment from participants to attending ten (10) weekly sessions, beginning in September 2023. In addition, an in-person session will be held in mid October, in Ottawa for two (2) days. Attendance and participation at all sessions is expected in order to provide the maximum learning experience for themselves and their peers.
Toolbox+ is aiming to enroll twenty (20) participant organizations for Blueprints and Foundations respectively for a total of forty (40) Toolbox+ participant organizations for Cohort two (2). Space is limited.
Registration for Blueprints and Foundations will open June 16, 2023. A link will be shared on Cahdco’s blog to the registration portal.
In order to attend the Toolbox+ info session you must fill out the registration survey, it can be found here.
May 15, 2023