The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) was founded in 1987
as a province-wide, not-for-profit charity dedicated to promoting human rights and ending discrimination in housing. Our public education and outreach initiatives work to intervene in cycles of discrimination that disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized individuals in the housing market.
Through public education, research, law reform, casework and advocacy on behalf of clients and occasional test-case litigation, CERA works to address barriers that prevent individuals from accessing and maintaining housing. Our Housing Access, Stabilization and Eviction Prevention Hotline provides individuals with information, referrals and assistance with regard to housing matters and serves approximately 1,500 clients per year.
In addition to our casework and public education initiatives, CERA engages in community-responsive projects to support vulnerable groups in maintaining housing and realizing their human rights in housing. This includes research into housing and human rights issues and support of the enforcement of human rights by provincial, national and international commissions, agencies and organizations. CERA recognizes and advocates for the right to housing and the realization of human rights in all aspects of housing.
CERA envisions an Ontario where every person realizes their housing rights, is treated with dignity, and lives free from discrimination in a stable, safe and affordable home.
CERA advances the right to housing without discrimination. We do this by:
- Educating individuals and communities on the intersection between human rights and housing law;
- Engaging in advocacy and supporting individuals in realizing their human rights in housing; and
- Promoting inclusive housing law and policy.
Board of Directors Search
CERA is currently recruiting for a Treasurer of the Board, as well as up to four additional general board members willing to contribute their expertise to our dynamic team. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in and are willing to contribute to CERA’s fundraising efforts, financial management, strategic communications, and assisting in leveraging relationships to develop creative, sustainable partnerships.
We are seeking individuals who share our commitment to protecting human rights, equality rights and social and economic rights, including the right to adequate housing, and who are able to actively participate in regular board meetings.
If you are or know someone who with an interest in human rights and housing, with a background in any of the areas above, CERA would like to hear from you!
CERA is also interested in broadening the diversity of our Board of Directors and are excited to receive applications from individuals from equity seeking groups.
Successful candidates will:
- Serve at least one two-year term from 2019 to 2021;
- Attend monthly board meetings on the 1st Wednesday of every month;
- Participate on board committees as needed;
- Have a passion for our Mission and Vision; and
- Have an understanding or lived experience of the communities that we serve.
To apply to the CERA Board of Directors, please email a brief statement of interest along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Thank you for your interest and support of our work!