Alternative Sources of Capital for Social Housing

2013

Access to capital has been one of the critical issues affecting the health and long term viability of social and affordable housing. Policy makers, housing providers and other stakeholders have sought various ways to bring capital into the sector in order to address growing demand for such housing.

What happens when governments have limited funds to invest in social or affordable housing initiatives?

Access to capital has been one of the critical issues affecting the health and long term viability of social and affordable housing. Policy makers, housing providers and other stakeholders have sought various ways to bring capital into the sector in order to address growing demand for such housing.

We collaborated with BC Housing on a special project to profile leading research on alternative sources of capital that were featured at the International Housing and Home Warranty Conference and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association Annual Conference in 2014.

Two of our grantees, Ecotrust Canada and the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, helped conduct research, along with the Housing Services Corporation of Ontario.

A summary overview and reports on alternative models are available here.