The Neighbourhood Land Trust (NLT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the affordability, diversity, and equity of Parkdale by bringing land into community ownership and control. NLT works to acquire and manage land, leasing it at affordable rates to eligible charitable partners who provide community benefits including affordable and supportive housing. NLT also undertakes research and public education about these issues. Visit www.pnlt.ca for more information.
Job Application Deadline: August 28, 2020
Job Title: Community Based Researcher
Reports to: Community Based Research Coordinator
Hours & Rate: 15-20 hrs/wk @ $22.08/hr
Contract Period: September 8, 2020 to December 4, 2020 (270 hours)
Mandatory Training: September 14, 15, 16 (1:00 to 5:00 pm)
The Neighbourhood Land Trust (NLT), the charitable arm of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT), is hiring tenants living in Parkdale’s rental towers to join our team as Community Based Researchers (CBRs).
Successful applicants will be trained and supported to carry out a community-based research study on housing affordability in high-rise rental apartment buildings in Parkdale. We will be documenting how the affordability in apartment buildings has changed over the past 10 years and the impacts of this on tenants. We will also be working with tenants to identify and document strategies that the Parkdale community can implement in response to the housing affordability crisis.
Community Based Researchers will help us build a responsive and relevant research foundation. Only tenants have the lived experience and knowledge about what is really happening in their buildings. Tenant involvement in this project is absolutely necessary to identify priority issues and working solutions that create and protect housing affordability in our community.
Community Based Researchers will work as part of a small and dynamic team, committed to organizing and galvanizing the strength of this community. Our work is firmly embedded within a commitment to anti-oppression, radical social justice and systems change.
Primary responsibility of Community Based Researchers will include:
- outreach to tenants in rental buildings
- conduct interviews with tenants to gather research data
- facilitate meetings with tenants
- support tenant participation throughout the research process
- provide advice that supports engaged tenant participation in the research
The ideal candidate will:
- be a Parkdale tenant in a rental mid or high-rise building
- have lived experience of housing instability and/or experience working in a neighborhood agency in a voluntary or paid position.
- have strong oral communication skills and basic writing skills
- demonstrated commitment to neighbourhood inclusiveness and social equity.
Additional skills which are not required, but will assist our project’s success:
- second/third language proficiency
- computer skills
Overall, we seek reliable and committed individuals with an interest in personal growth and a passion for neighborhood inclusion and social equity. Due to the importance of this role in the research project, direct mentorship and on the job training are provided. This position requires attendance in a 15-20 hour in-house training on research objectives, methods and skills. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking groups and identities (including working class, black, indigenous, new immigrant, LGBTQ, etc). We aim to foster a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community.
Submit an application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short statement explaining why you are interested in this job and what makes you a good fit for this position. Include CV if available (but not required).
We want to hear from you even if you don’t have email or wifi. You can also make an appointment to give us your statement on the phone. Ph: 647.677.3513. Please call only if email is not accessible to you.
Note: For successful candidates, 1 reference (work or personal) is required.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: August 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST
- SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist with data collection and data entry
- Conduct interviews with tenants and other stakeholders to gather data
- Ensure that the area/building assigned and interview list is fully covered by a given deadline
- Obtain all needed documents, materials and support to successfully complete approximately 50 interviews
- Complete all documentation including timesheets, questionnaires, and other forms in a timely manner
- Provide feedback on data collection tools and processes.
- Actively engage with the project team and all stakeholders to enrich the research process by sharing your perspective and experiences.
- Assist with data analysis and community consultation
- Attend 1-2 meetings to collaboratively analyze data with stakeholders providing input and support as needed
- Work in a team to prepare summary of the data collection experience
- Attend 1-2 meetings to collaboratively identify housing solutions with the community; provide input and support as needed.
- Work in a team to prepare group presentation on the data collection and analysis work
- Attend all training classes (September 14, 15 & 16, 1:00pm to 5:00pm)
- Study the questionnaire and other materials provided carefully to understand all documents thoroughly. Request support when needed.
- Ensure that financial procedures and policies are followed in accordance with PNLT policies and processes.
- Support PNLT’s media interactions;
- Support PNLT membership, volunteers and staff as required
- Lived experience as a tenant in Parkdale is highly desirable, along with any paid or unpaid experience with housing committees, housing advocacy groups and/or other housing related work
- Strong verbal communication skills, including on the phone, in-person, one-on-one and in small group interactions. Skilled in listening with attention and empathy, speaking clearly, and with confidence to ask questions and provide constructive feedback
- Adequate reading and writing skills to conduct interviews with a questionnaire
- Emotionally capable and able to identify and manage your emotions, as well as other people’s emotions. Group discussions and interviews may address sensitive topics around housing accessibility and conditions that may be difficult for you or others to discuss. A welcoming and generous approach to emotional experiences and conversations is necessary and supported by all team members.
- Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (including work, personal or social engagement with seniors, youth, people with different abilities and different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds).
- Experience with community service (volunteering) and/or engagement in Parkdale is an asset.
- Ability to speak a language relevant to the neighbourhood is an asset
- Comfortable with computer applications such as Microsoft Word; experience using Excel and Powerpoint is a benefit but not required for the job
- Commitment to working from a strong anti-oppression and social justice framework.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: August 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST
Anti-Oppression / Equity Workshops
We are very excited to invite you to register for a series of Anti-Oppression / Equity focused workshops. Attendance at these workshops is highly recommended for Board members and active committee members and mandatory for staff. We also invite active members of PPE, Greenest City, PCLS, WNH, PARC and other key partners to join.
Background: In 2018, the PNLT Equity Strategy Committee recommended a series of workshops to lay the groundwork for a commitment to an Anti-Oppression framework across our organization. With the generous assistance of the Maytree Foundation, we will be holding a series of workshops. These workshops are not simply training, but will commence a collective process to improve the way we work together. We want to make sure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, feels valued, feels safe to contribute and is able to meaningfully participate in PNLT activities. We also acknowledge that our society does not treat all people with dignity and respect, and that inequality due to racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice continues to exist. We will aim to balance this inequality by centring voices that are often silenced and supporting them to lead. This is a vision that we will work towards together and hope to integrate into PNLT committees, board and all operations.
The Land Trust Preserves and Protects an at-risk Bachelorette building in Parkdale!
We are happy to announce that the Land Trust, in close partnership with PARC, has acquired a 15 unit at-risk licenced bachelorette building in Parkdale! – Read the Toronto Star front page feature and CBC story.
Championed by City Councillor Gord Perks, funding for this project has come from the City of Toronto Rooming House Acquisition Pilot Program, providing $1.5 million in municipal funding for the acquisition, coupled with a further $601,426 from Ontario Renovates for building improvements.
Against huge odds, we have removed this property from the speculative real estate market. We have done this to ensure that the tenants of this building will be safe from harassment, above-guideline rent increases and renovictions.
Most importantly, this success will ensure that existing tenants, many of whom are low-income, will continue to enjoy affordable rental housing. Additionally, for any new tenants being considered in the future, priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness.
The acquisition is the first affordable housing project of the land trust. In this inaugural project, we are very happy to announce that we have committed to guaranteeing affordable rents in perpetuity.
Finally, this 15-unit Parkdale property will be owned by the Land Trust but will be operated and managed by PARC, (a United Way Anchor Agency), which now provides 71 units of affordable housing for adults who are low-income and or experience mental health and addictions challenges in South Parkdale.
This project is also the result of an incredible mobilization of energy by Parkdale residents. We are working together to fight injustice and build a more equitable City. We are working together to defend our amazing community from an all-out attack by predatory corporate landlords. We are working together to defend our homes and our lives. We are fed up and we getting more and more organized every day!
Thank you to all the Parkdale residents and allies who have contributed to this project as a volunteer, a donor and supporter!
Thank you to our funders:
- City of Toronto
- Ontario Renovates
- Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund, with administrative support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
- Catherine Donnelly Foundation
Preserve & Protect Fund 2019
With your support, the Land Trust purchases and protects housing a community ownership model. In 2018 we raised $43,133 from 90 donors. These contributions enabled us to put a deposit on a 15 unit at-risk rooming house in Parkdale – which we successfully purchased today!
Please consider making a contribution to our Preserve and Protect Fund 2019. Our goal is to raise $60,000 that acts as a “down payment” on our second property so we can secure before we lose it.
PNLT Annual Members Meeting & Potluck 2019
DATE: Sat, May 25, 2019 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
LOCATION: Milky Way Garden – 87 Milky Way
Join us on May 25th 2019 for the Annual Members Meeting and Potluck for the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT). We’ve had a hugely successful year and we want to celebrate with you!
The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in the decisions that the PNLT is making on your behalf. At PNLT’s AGM members will have the opportunity to vote on the following items:
- Vote to select PNLT’s next development priority
- Vote on the proposed By-law Amendment – View Amendment or View Current By-law
- Vote to elect other residents to serve on the board of directors, the community controlled decision making body of this organization.
To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale. Sign up online at PNLT.CA. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please submit a nomination here, or contact email@example.com
Proof of membership will be required. Please bring photo ID.
- Doors open at 2:30:00 p.m.
- Community Potluck Lunch 3:00 PM
- Formal AGM 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Childcare will be available. Tibetan interpretation will be available.
***In case of rain, the event will move to Church of the Epiphany and St Mark @ 201 Cowan Ave.
Upcoming Parkdale Free School Classes
Dwelling Room Policy Advocacy Updates:
The City of Toronto’s draft amendment to the Official Plan
Toronto is finally taking action to slow the loss of rooming houses in our city. The City is currently looking to change Toronto’s Official Plan to ensure that dwelling rooms that are lost as a result of development are replaced and that tenants of those dwelling rooms are provided with supports and (ideally) housing. This is a step in the right direction, but a more comprehensive framework of policies and programs that deal with the protection and preservation of dwelling rooms is still needed.
Read PNLT’s submission on the City’s draft amendment to the Official Plan to address the loss of dwelling rooms.
New Report: Saving Room: Community action and municipal policy to protect dwelling room stock in North American cities
As our city considers new policies to protect dwelling rooms, we believe it’s important to draw upon the experiences of other cities. To help inform the discussion, we have released the report, “Saving room: Community action and municipal policy to protect dwelling room stock in North American cities,” by Emily Paradis, PhD. The report looks at the comprehensive approaches other cities have developed to effectively prevent and respond to the loss of dwelling rooms in their cities.
1. Regulations that put restrictions on the conversion, demolition, and renovation of rooming houses;
2. Programs that facilitate the transfer of ownership of private rooming houses to non-profits, and
3. Support for tenant education and advocacy.
Download the Executive Summary
Download the Full Report
This report was created as part of the Parkdale Rooming House Stabilization, Eviction Prevention and Preservation Strategy: an initiative of four collaborating agencies (PNLT, PARC, Parkdale Community Legal Services and Woodgreen) that are working together with tenants to preserve and protect Parkdale’s affordable rooming house stock. Our hope is that this jurisdictional scan on dwelling room protection policy can inform policy development, advocacy and organizing in Toronto.
This report was made possible through the support of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund of the Government of Ontario, which is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Thank you to Maytree for its support with editing and production.
The overall strategy has received additional investment from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, The Law Foundation of Ontario and Cota, as well as over 100 members of the Parkdale Community.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Parkdale Free School, a PNLT initiative that aims to organize free, informal classes and workshops across the neighbourhood!
Parkdale is a neighbourhood rich in knowledge, valuable skills and lived experience, and PNLT thinks it is high time our community find ways to share these assets with each other—in settings that are fun, engaging and accessible to all!
We need your support.
You love Parkdale because of its diversity. You love the vibrant local businesses, the fact that it’s home to newcomers, psychiatric survivors, and other marginalized communities, the diversity and richness that comes with being in an urban community.
How can you preserve the community you love, foster its growth and protect affordable space for those that need it?
The answer is simple: support Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust.
What we will do.
With your support, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust purchases and protects land in a community ownership model. Imagine having stable affordable housing, community gardens and green space and affordable space for local non-profit organizations. Together we can preserve the character of Parkdale and protect its residents.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 that acts as a “down payment” on property so we can secure it quickly and efficiently, or we risk losing it. Please join us with a contribution to our Preserve and Protect Fund.
The most significant factor in our ability to acquire land is the ability to act quickly. Once the land is secure, we can access other support including government grants and private investment to complete the purchase and develop the property according to PNLT’s needs. But without this Preserve and Protect Fund, we risk losing property, time and again. This has already happened with so many properties that would have been incredible opportunities had we been able to move quickly.