June 12, 2017
This backgrounder provides information on Phase 1 of the Tenants First Implementation Plan scheduled to go before Executive Committee on June 19, 2017. Pending decisions at Executive Committee, this report will go to City Council for consideration at its next meeting from July 5 to 7, 2017.
In July 2016, City Council approved Tenants First – A Way Forward for Toronto Community Housing and Social Housing in Toronto which proposed changes to transform Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).
The Tenants First Project Team was established to continue the work of the Tenants First report and has been guiding the Tenants First Implementation Plan. A 13-member Tenant Advisory Panel was created to share lived experience, knowledge and advice in the development of the plan. Input and feedback was also sought from Toronto Community Housing, the non-profit sector, TCHC tenants, City staff and others.
The overall focus of the Implementation Plan is to lay out a vision where Toronto Community Housing focuses on being a social housing landlord, where buildings are in a good state of repair, and tenants are connected to appropriate services and active participants in their communities.
Toronto Community Housing supports the goals of the report, has provided the Tenants First Project Team with the information they needed and has worked on elements of the Implementation Plan.
In all, there are 11 recommendations included in Phase 1 of the Implementation Plan. Of those eleven, there are three key recommendations including:
If approved, TCHC Tenants will benefit from these recommendations in the following ways:
Recommending a new Seniors Housing and Services Entity supports the Toronto Seniors Strategy. This report is also closely aligned with Housing Opportunities Toronto Today, TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, Toronto Youth Equality Strategy, Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020, and Toronto Newcomer Strategy.
If approved, the Project Team will begin implementing Phase 1 recommendations. In the report, the Tenants First Project Team has committed to providing Phase 2 recommendations by the end of 2017.
The Tenants First Project Team expects that phased-in recommendations will generally be guided by Tenants First: A Way Forward for Toronto Community Housing and Social Housing in Toronto, as per Council input/direction.
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