The Planning Phase includes all steps taken prior to beginning the construction work. 


Step 1: Develop Partnerships


In this step, partnerships are being established and formalized with your Core Partners, Strategic Partners, and Service Partners.


Step 2: Select Housing


There are many factors to consider when choosing a suitable property. Check out our Property Selection Guide on our Tools page to help you decide whether or not you should acquire a certain property.


Step 3: Design Renovation Plans


The architect draws up plans for the renovations, with accessibility features and other important criteria taken into consideration. Learn more about the importance of Accessibility on our Frameworks page.


The Development Phase officially begins once the architect’s drawings are complete and approved.


Step 1: Apply for Construction Permits


Prior to undergoing any construction, all necessary construction permits must be applied for. 


Step 2: Create a Work Plan


It is important to develop a work plan outlining the project scope, key milestones, and the project budget. This work plan should anticipate any challenges that may cause potential delays to the construction work. 


Step 3: Construction Work


Once all construction permits have been secured and work plans developed, the construction work can officially begin.

Step 4: Monitor and Review


Changes will occur throughout the Development Phase, specifically throughout the construction work. It is important that mechanisms are in place to monitor and review these changes, ensuring that the timeline and budget are not compromised. Strategies should be in place to mitigate the risk that significant changes beyond the acceptable threshold will occur. 


Step 1: Sign off contractor's work


Once the renovation is satisfactorily completed, you will sign off on the contractor’s work. 


Step 2: Lease Signed


A Lease agreement will be signed between your organization and the housing service provider who will help you operate the property as affordable housing. This agreement should incorporate all key obligations you may have with other donors and funders, such as the obligation to operate this property as affordable housing for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Although this step is part of the Closing Phase, preparations should be made well in advance to ensure that there are no delays between post-construction and property occupation.


Step 3: Occupants move in


Once the Lease is signed and an occupancy date is established, the tenants are free to move in! 

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