COMING TOGETHER: BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY THROUGH TENANT ENGAGEMENT
Staff: Christine Filinski, CityHousing Hamilton
Faculty: James R. Vanderwoerd, Department of Applied Social Sciences at Redeemer University College
Department and Course: CTS-410: Capstone Experience
Problem Description: Public housing provides much-needed access to affordable housing, but tenants in Hamilton CityHousing face a variety of challenges that limit their quality of life. Although tenants bring many strengths and capacities, these can be under-utilized or limited due to lack of awareness, isolation, communication barriers, or interpersonal conflicts. Furthermore, the stress of living with low-income can be exacerbated by tensions among tenants as well as an inability to make use of one’s capacities.
Challenge Statement: What obstacles limit CityHousing tenants’ capacity to engage and contribute to tenant well-being and how can these obstacles be overcome?
Goal Area: Healthy Neighbourhoods
City Strategy Alignment: Healthy and Safe Communities and Community Engagement & Participation