Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Walpole Island First Nation. We want to state our respect for the historical and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Affordable Housing? A Community Conversation
Time and Date: Thursday, March 16, 6:30pm – 7pm
Location: 3rd floor galleries
This event is part of AWE at Night. Admission to attend AWE at Night is $10. Members always have free admission.
Photography and videography will be present throughout the event. By entering this event site you agree to be filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.
In 2022, the provincial government passed Bill 23 that has the province planning to build 1.5 million homes over the course of 10 years. Windsor is expected to build 13,000 new homes by 2031. However, over 6,000 households in Windsor-Essex are currently waiting for affordable housing options. With a six-year wait time, rising costs of living and lack of resources, many Windsorites are asking themselves if this will be enough to support our region’s growing population. How can we plan for a more accessible, inclusive, affordable, and sustainable community?
On Thursday, March 16, from 6:30pm to 7pm, join us for Affordable Housing? A Community Conversation, moderated by Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star. We encourage engagement and respectful questions about the topic of this discussion. We look forward to welcoming you for this important discussion.
Dorian Moore, Fabio Costante, Cynthia Summers
Dorian Moore, FAIA, is a partner in Archive Design Studio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He has been involved in large-scaled architecture and urban design projects as far ranging as hurricane Katrina ravage Mississippi to the reenvisioning of Toronto’s Portlands. Moore was featured in the PBS documentary Designing Healthy Cities and was consulted on the documentary Beyond the Motor City discussing the future of the Post-Industrial City. Recently, he has lectured in cities across North America and has sat on numerous municipal boards.
Fabio Costante was born and raised in Windsor-Essex and has lived in Windsor’s west end (where he currently resides) for most of his life. In 2018, Fabio was elected to Windsor City Council in Ward 2 and served on many committees and boards. In addition to the committee work, Fabio is proud of the accomplishments and progress made in Ward 2 surrounding safer and cleaner neighbourhoods, record parks and recreation investments, infrastructure and development investments, and several community building initiatives.
Cynthia is the Chief Executive Officer at Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation (CHC), the fourth largest community housing provider in Ontario and the largest affordable housing provider in Windsor and Essex County. CHC provides a range of housing solutions through the rental of over 4,700 units to over 12,000 tenants in the Windsor Essex region.
Before joining CHC in 2022, Cynthia was the Inaugural Commissioner of Housing Equity at Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the largest social housing provider in Canada. This Office ensured equitable treatment and sustainable housing for 58,000 tenants living in Toronto. In this role Cynthia developed the OCHE Approach, a ten- pronged approach to working with vulnerable tenants.
Cynthia’s broad and progressive leadership experience at all three levels of government includes appointments as Vice Chair and Adjudicator of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and as Adjudicator of the Landlord and Tenant Board.