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CHEC Affordable Housing Monitor


Housing Stock

Supply Gains

supply change

supply and equity

Our Team

We bring together a network of more than 30 academics from across Canada and beyond who are engaged in independent, in-depth research exploring the connections between income, housing and health.

Our non-academic partners include more than 50 organizations representing some 2,000 policymakers, housing providers and equity-seeking groups who are committed to growing Canada’s supply of safe, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.

Dr. Jim Dunn,
Project Lead

Jim Dunn is the Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity, Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and a scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.. Working with communities in southern Ontario and beyond, Jim’s research explores how housing, economic inequality and neighbourhood attributes affect residents’ mental and physical health. Since 2005, Jim has been following residents of Toronto’s Regent Park public housing complex through a redevelopment project, finding clear evidence that people who feel safer and more satisfied with their housing also enjoy improvements to their overall health. He has also spent more than a decade studying the impact subsidized housing has on the mental health of its residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Jim is also the Co-Editor in Chief of the Epidemiology and Community Health.

Dr. Fei Chaing,

Fei Chiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and Software.  She is an international expert in data management and data quality, spanning academia and industry roles, including serving as an inaugural Associate Director of McMaster’s MacData Institute.  She leads the Data Science Research Group, and is a Faculty Fellow at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies. She holds 4 patents for her work in self-managing databases.  She has been invited as a featured speaker and panelist, and her work has been featured in the Southern Ontario Computing Consortium Impact Report.   She is the recipient of an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2018). 

Dr. Steve Pomeroy,

Steve Pomeroy is an Industry Professor at McMaster University, Head of Focus Consulting Inc. and Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Carleton University. He is widely recognized as one of the leading housing policy experts in Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contributions to housing policy and research. Steve has been an advisor to national associations, municipalities, provinces and territories, as well as the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canada’s federal housing agency. His work also includes a number of comparative studies examining housing systems across a range of countries, in comparison to Canada.

Cynthia Belaskie,
Managing Director

Cynthia Belaskie is a partnership builder and research evidence mobilizer. She is an active member of Research Impact Canada and received a Lifetime Service Award from the the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, an international academic organization. Cynthia received an MA and has done doctoral work in History at York University with a focus on gender, cities and health.

Hany Tawfik,
Applied Machine Learning Research Engineer

After finishing his graduate studies at Ilmenau Technical University, Germany, he had a deep interest in applying his Artificial Intelligence expertise to the social good. At CHEC Hany is fulfilling this passion through leading project research on image classification of secondary suites and web scraping rental websites.  


Michelle Verbeek,
Project Coordinator

Michelle holds a Masters of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. In her graduate studies, Michelle was awarded the School of Cities Fellowship where she researched the usability and impact of public spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her research interest includes housing affordability, young-adult homeownership, and transit-oriented development.