Affordable Housing Cafe


Our Community Leadership Development Program is at the core of what we do at LWR. That’s why we call it our Core Program. We encourage, empower, enable and equip participants through a 10-month practical and experiential learning program so they are ready to take on leadership roles in Waterloo Region.

Over the last 7 months, our 2022 cohort has collectively taken on an area of critical need in Waterloo Region: Affordable Housing via a social innovation lab project approach. This project is a continuation of the last two years' work, which began with the Core Program's Class of 2020. Since the pilot year, the classes of 2020 and 2021 have developed ten amazing prototype solutions. You can check out the Class of 2020's solutions here, and the Class of 2021's solutions here.

Their journey into affordable housing began with their first virtual cafe in October, where our class learned from local experts, community members and most importantly, from those with lived experience. From there they have embarked on a path of fulsome investigation of the systems impacting affordable housing in our community, all culminating in the development of yet another set of strategies, recommendations and solutions that will be shared with the Wellbeing Waterloo Region Affordable Housing network, local advocates and government bodies.  

During the second phase of the work, the class is required to test their proposed solutions with local community experts and those dealing directly with the challenges arising from the affordable housing crisis. This is where we need your voice, your passion and your knowledge!  Please join us for an afternoon of conversation, connection and hopefully - collaboration! 

We look forward to connecting on this exciting opportunity to further the dialogue on affordable housing!



We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

It is free to attend, and we would like to encourage anyone with passion for, has lived experience with or is working in the affordable housing sector to join us and share their perspectives! In other words, please share this with anyone who might be interested. 

The Cafe will once again be hosted in Whova.  The link below will take you directly to the registration page for the World Café. A few days in advance of the World Café, you’ll be invited into the space to connect with one another and share information.

We look forward to connecting on this exciting opportunity to further the dialogue on affordable housing! 



We are so grateful for the support of our Affordable Housing Cafe Sponsor:

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