BC Non Profit Housing Association

The non profit housing sector is a dynamic and rewarding field to work in. It’s a fast-moving industry that offers many opportunities to build your career, from frontline staff to executive directors.

But as the province’s operating agreements expire, it could become more challenging for societies like New Chelsea to survive. They must adhere to rules that prohibit them from retaining surpluses and meet complex income levels.

About Us

We provide a collection of tools and resources that raise the capacity of the non-profit housing sector – getting us one step closer to affordable housing for everyone. From operations resources, to policy + tenancy templates, to member services and solutions, BCNPHA is here to serve you.

We strive to enhance public understanding of the value of affordable homes and the need for strong systems that support them. Our research has generated data that has informed policies at all levels of government, shaped budget decisions, and highlighted the need for change in how we approach housing in our communities.

M’akola Housing Society provides safe, affordable and appropriate homes for Indigenous people and their families in communities across British Columbia. They collaborate with partners and funders to develop subsidized, affordable rental, and homeownership housing as well as community spaces for cultural and social change.

Our Vision

We have a vision of a world where everyone has a safe, affordable home. We do this through collaboration and partnership with mission-aligned organizations in pursuit of our shared goals.

Learn about the types of policies, agreements and constating documents (constitutions, bylaws and memoranda) that non profit housing providers use to meet governance requirements. Find answers to common questions about subsidies, taxes and budgets.

A scathing report into conflict of interest concerns at the Atira Women’s Resource Society could have implications for how other societies handle public funds, says one housing advocate. A government review has frozen new funding for the agency that oversees 3,000 people in buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

A non-profit housing provider may not pay a director or officer, or permit them to serve as an employee of the organization, for compensation that is considered a conflict of interest. The exception is reasonable wages paid to directors or officers who do not sit on the board.

Our Mission

BCNPHA partners with mission-aligned organizations and strives to ensure that people in need have access to affordable homes. This is accomplished by providing knowledge, connecting researchers and practitioners and bringing the voice of housing into decision-making.

Directors and officers must avoid any situation that could result in a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest. This includes not receiving any benefit or payment from the organization in any way, other than a salary or honorarium for duties. They must also not use rent, housing charge or federal or provincial funding to benefit themselves, their family, friends or associates in any way.

These requirements are set out in your organization’s constating documents (constitution, bylaws and memoranda). For more information, see Governance. BCNPHA also works with other community-based organizations, governments and agencies to advance the affordable housing sector in Canada.

Our Values

The housing sector is a dynamic and rewarding field to work in. We have a number of courses that can help you develop your career in the sector, as well as resources to support people new to the profession.

BCNPHA is committed to ethical governance. Directors and officers must avoid situations that could result in a conflict of interest, or the appearance of one. They must not receive salary or other remuneration for their services as a director or officer, except in accordance with the society’s constitution and bylaws or rules and memorandum. They must also not receive benefits or payments from the society, such as rental charge revenues, for themselves, their relatives or business associates.

The housing agency scandal involving Atira’s CEO and his wife is symptomatic of larger problems that are hurting the non-profit housing sector. A scathing report on the affair prompted the government to overhaul how it doles out funding to non-profit housing agencies.

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