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Three simple ways to advocate for affordable housing this election

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Did you know that today in Ontario, 735,000 households don’t have access to a home they can afford that does not need major repairs or is not overcrowded?

As Ontario’s housing crisis worsens, our provincial government must take action to build, protect, and support deeply affordable community housing.

That’s why the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) have teamed up to launch the Vote4Housing Campaign.

We’re advocating for five key policies that our provincial government needs to implement immediately. Read our full policy platform here.

The Vote4housing campaign needs your support now in order to get our messages across strong.

Here are three simple ways you can get involved in the Vote4Housing campaign and be an advocate for deeply affordable housing.

Send a letter to your local candidates and party leaders.

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Take just a few minutes to send a letter to your local candidates and party leaders, asking them to help Ontarians in need of affordable housing.

Here’s how:

  • Go to Vote4Housing.ca and write your letter.
  • Use the Key Messages available right on the webpage.
  • Personalize your message. Don’t be afraid to show a little emotion. Tell your story.
  • Help the reader understand the value of community housing and what it means to you.
  • Keep it short. Three short paragraphs is all you need!

Spread the word about #Vote4Housing on social media

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Help us make some noise on social media.

Here’s how:

  • Download the shareable graphics and post them on your own channels.
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Vote4Housing.
  • Follow Vote4Housing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share and engage with our messages.

Request a meeting with your local candidate

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A brief meeting with your local candidates is an excellent way to add a personal touch to the Vote4Housing campaign.

Here’s how:

  • Find out who your local candidate is here.
  • Keep it simple. The invite should have the information candidates need to accept: The length of the meeting (keep it to 30 mins max), who will attend, the topics you wish to discuss.
  • Be flexible. Candidates may only have time for a phone call or shorter meeting, so try to adjust as needed.
  • Come prepared! Use the key messages here to help you stay on message.

For more information, visit vote4housing.ca.

What happens after the election?

Our advocacy doesn’t end on June 2! After the election, we’ll leverage the momentum from the Vote4Housing campaign and our relationships with our partners in government, the private sector, and non-profit sector.

If you’re interested in learning more about what the election results could mean for our sector and how we will take action past June 2, you’ll want to join us at the 2022 ONPHA Conference. We’ll discuss all of this and more when we bring the community housing sector together in Toronto from November 3-5.

Registration is open! Get your in-person ticket today and save with early bird pricing.

Register now for the 2022 ONPHA Conference: Our Shared Horizon
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