There are faster and better ways to generate revenue for Toronto Community Housing's repair backlog than selling its single-family homes, says a report from the Special Housing Working Group, following six months of independent review and consultations with more than 600 individuals and organizations.
Putting People First – Transforming Toronto Community Housing was released Sept. 17 and has been adopted by Toronto City Council.
The Working Group, chaired by Councillor Ana Bailão, was appointed by Toronto City Council in March 2012 to investigate alternatives to the sale of 619 occupied TCH single- family homes. Council also requested advice on innovative financial strategies to fund the social housing repair backlog and a strategy to engage the federal and provincial governments in providing long-term, sustainable funding to meet Toronto's affordable housing needs.
Toronto Community Housing
The Special Housing Working Group
Working Group Members (PDF: 2 pages)
Council Decision Document
Housing Working Group Meeting April 16
Chair's Remarks (PDF: 4 pages)
Roles and Responsibilities (PDF: 2 pages)
Work Plan (PDF: 1 page)
Minutes (PDF: 1 page)
Affordable Housing Committee Meeting, May 28
Update Report (PDF)
Single-Family Homes Residents' Survey
Mailed, June 4.
Chair's letter (PDF)
Survey Information Sheet (PDF)
A newspaper advertisement encouraging the public to submit ideas and suggestions was published in community newspapers on June 14.
Newspaper Advertisement (PDF)
An Ideas Forum took place Tuesday July 3 from 9 - 4 p.m. It brought together housing and financial experts to offer innovative solutions to the future of TCH's single-family homes and its repair backlog.
Ideas Forum Agenda
Meeting for Housing Groups
The Special Housing Working Group heard from non-profit and co-operative housing groups at a July 5 meeting about their interest and capacity to purchase some of Toronto Community Housing's single-family homes.
Members of the public met with the Special Housing Working Group and presented their ideas and suggestions at a Suggestions for Action Event on July 10 at the Toronto Reference Library.