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Posted by on Apr 2017 in All Stories, News Updates | 1 comment

What does success look like in non-profit housing?

ONPHA is home to more than 725 housing providers, who provide safe, affordable, high-quality homes to over 400,000 people in more than 200 communities across Ontario – that’s no small footprint.

Each of our members bring something different to the table – whether they’re large or small providers, operating in urban or rural areas, or providing specialized, supportive housing to higher needs or at-risk groups. We’re a diverse community, and that’s what makes us strong. Our diversity also means that our success stories will all look a little bit different.

No achievement is ‘too small’

The ONPHA Awards aim to celebrate and share those success stories, big and small. This year, we’re encouraging members to ‘think outside the box’ with their awards nominations. We know that our housing providers have great stories to share – and when it comes to creating high-quality affordable housing and building strong, vibrant communities, no achievement or step forward is ‘too small’ to be celebrated.

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So what does success really look like in non-profit housing?

Here’s what non-profit housing excellence looks like:

  • Being more than just a landlord
  • Going the extra mile to support your tenants
  • Building connected communities
  • Learning from past experience
  • Strengthening your capacity
  • Supporting better outcomes

Sound familiar? Consider submitting an Award for Excellence nomination.

Here’s what innovation can look like:

  • An unexpected partnership
  • A new approach to an old challenge
  • Doing more with less
  • Leveraging your community’s strengths
  • Planning for the future

Sound familiar? Consider submitting an ONPHA Innovation Award nomination.

This is what leadership looks like:

  • Bringing people and ideas together
  • Collaborating towards a common goal
  • Advocating for change
  • Listening
  • Knowing when to lead, and when to support and follow
  • Sharing knowledge and experience
  • Creating the space and conditions for others to thrive

Sound familiar? Consider submitting a Sybil Frenette Outstanding Leadership Award nomination.

ONPHA also celebrates the important contributions of tenants with our Tenant Achievement Award, and our sector’s longest-standing professionals with our Lifetime of Service Award.

It’s time to tell our stories

As a sector, it’s important to celebrate and share our success stories, big and small. Help us recognize and shine a spotlight on the great work happening across our sector by submitting a nomination for an ONPHA award.

The nomination process is simple:

  1. Visit our website to review the eligibility criteria and download the nomination form
  2. Tell us a bit about how this organization, initiative or individual is doing great things
  3. Submit your nomination by email, mail or fax before Friday, May 12, 2017

Thanks to our award sponsors:

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  1. I would like to thank ONPHA for recognizing and promoting the fact that “excellence” for a social housing provider exists not only in relation to “best practices” in property management, which certainly have their value, but are no measure of what the day to day experience of a tenant is like in living in their building and in their housing community. I hope we learn of a lot of inspiring work being done by providers through your awards process and through Quick Connections. We can all use such inspiration from time to time, and hopefully our own tenants will benefit through our introduction of ideas pioneered elsewhere.

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