With over four decades of housing development and planning experience, since 2000 she has overseen the Property Management and Development functions of the agency. Nancy is a professional planner and previously worked for the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Departments and as private consultant. She has worked on numerous non – profit housing projects. In her current role, she has also organized successful conferences and workshops tagged as “Bagels to Bricks” on topical issues as well as an annual international design competition “Sukkahville” with the goal of increasing community awareness of the need for permanent affordable housing.
Nancy continues to work on bringing creative new affordable housing initiatives on – stream, starting with a 60 unit special needs housing building completed in the summer of 2012 for Reena on Lebovic Campus.
She has also been instrumental in starting a private Rental Assistance Program (RAP) for the vulnerable in our community including Holocaust Survivors supported by 35 private developers, a large donor and a Foundation, which now assists over 160 households with rent assistance of up to $300 monthly.
Kehilla is on the steering committee of a UJA led Collective Impact strategy to reduce poverty in the Community and is a launch partner of the Door to Door program which just started delivering Wave 1 to assist seniors and Holocaust Survivors .
She is currently working with the Development Services Alliance Toronto Region and Evergreens Housing Action Lab on an initiative to develop inclusive design guidelines for developers to incorporate into new high rise rental and condominium developments.