urbaMonde: Second North American Hub of the Co-Habitat Network

urbaMonde: Second North American Hub of the Co-Habitat Network

This October 1-4, over 500 affordable housing professionals and activists gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Grounded Solutions Network's 2018 Intersections conference. The conference included the largest gathering of CLTs worldwide, and for the second time it also served as the North American Hub of the Co-Habitat Network, which is a global network of community-led housing organizations and allies that are working together to implement housing rights through collective, non-speculative, and people-led solutions.

In connection with the Co-Habitat Network, several internationally focused events were added to the schedule in order to enhance understanding of the global affordable housing crisis as well as find joint solutions or ways to act in solidarity through peer exchange and partnership. International events included:

-Two lunch tables with the following topics:

·        International Innovations with the CLT model, Co-Chaired by Theresa Williamson,  Executive Director, CatComm (Brazil) and Marie-Sophie Banville, Development Coordinator, Vivacite (Canada)

·        The Canadian National Housing Policy, Chaired by Thom Armstrong, Executive      Director, CHF BC

-A Global Spotlight session. Panelists included:

·        Robert Burns, Board Chair, Grounded Solutions Network (moderator)

·        Theresa Williamson, Executive Director, CatComm

·        Tiffany Duzita, Director, Community Land Trust Foundation of BC

·        Maria E. Hernandez,  Board President, Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Cano Martin Pena

·        Bea Varnai, Program Manager, urbaMonde

-A gathering of the nascent National Canadian CLT Network. Approximately 20 Canadian CLT staff and support actors attended, with representation from CLTs in each province.

-A gathering of the newly established Center for Community Land Trust Innovation, which has a mission to help the CLT model grow globally- and particularly across the Global South, as well as apply the model to non-housing sectors including urban agriculture.

-An opportunity for winners of Grounded Solution’s IGNITE! Community Pitch Fest and other interested organizations to learn about the World Habitat Awards and how to apply.

Support for these international activities came from Grounded Solutions Network, World Habitat, urbaMonde, Cooperative Housing InternationalVancouver City Savings Credit Union, CHF BC, and Confédération québécoise des coopératives d'habitation.

Article by urbaMonde
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