Lessons learned report
The Go Big and Grow Homes report shares the stories of Multifaith Housing Initiative and Salus, two non-profit affordable housing providers in Ottawa who took on housing projects of a scale and complexity that they had not previously imagined, let alone designed and built. Thanks to the foresight and financial support of the Ottawa Community Foundation, this report documents Lessons Learned for other housing providers in the sector and in Canada - not only with regard to sustainable design, construction and operational issues but also regarding organizational development, leadership and governance. As growing organizations, we learned that to achieve our goals we have to take risks, think creatively and act boldly. Proactive, problem-solving staff and supportive policies and programs at the municipal level were also key to our successes. It is our hope that this document will not only provide practical insights but also offer inspiration.