Many ways to help tenants

Brenda Doner, Manager of CLEO's Connecting Communities project, joins us today to share information about legal information training sessions aimed at helping tenants deal with housing law problems.

This sampling of current Connecting Communities legal information training projects that deal with housing law is a good reminder that there is more than one way to pass on legal information.

Sleep a Night Under My Roof plans to use an experiential full day workshop this spring to give up to 75 social service workers firsthand knowledge of the issues that lower-income people face. The hosting organization, The Table Community Food Centre, will bring participants back together in the fall to find out if the workshop gave them new ways to help their clients. Read the Perth Courier’s article about this project to learn more.

The [Dis]placement Project in Hamilton brings people together across neighbourhoods to share what’s happening to tenants in their area and what tenants are doing about it. Tenants can risk losing housing because of landlords who are keen to take advantage of the skyrocketing real estate market in southern Ontario to sell or “gentrify” their properties. Tenant workers and community leaders will learn about housing law in five sessions hosted by the Social Planning Council of Hamilton. Read the Hamilton Spectator’s article about this project to learn more.

South East Grey Support Services employs workers to support people who are dispersed across a wide area – this makes travel for the workers to meet or to attend training expensive and difficult. Some of the housing law training will be delivered to these workers using the Ontario Telemedicine Network. This videoconferencing system allows users from different locations to actively participate in the training from their home community. The system also creates an archive that new workers can view at their convenience to get up to speed.

The KCWA Family and Social Services has a tradition of delivering legal clinics to help individuals with legal issues. Now they are using their relationship with the professional association of Korean-speaking lawyers to organize legal information training sessions for Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino settlement workers and other trusted intermediaries on immigration and housing law issues.

What other ways have you used or seen to convey information on tenants’ rights? We’d love to hear from you.

Brenda Doner, CLEO's Connecting Communities project manager, has forty years' experience as a consultant and project manager within the community benefit sector across Canada and in Africa and southeast Asia. Past employers and clients include CUSO, the Mennonite Central Committee, IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, Canada Volunteerism Initiative, Tamarack – an Institute for Community Engagement, Food Secure Canada, Guelph Wellington Food Round Table, and United Way. Visit her LinkedIN profile to learn more.

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