Mayor John Tory Takes Action on Community Housing: Appoints Independent Housing Task Force
Mayor John Tory has appointed an independent six-person Housing Task Force to take a hard look at how Toronto Community Housing serves the people of Toronto and how it is governed.
"It’s our responsibility to provide safe, affordable housing for the people of Toronto who need it,” said Mayor Tory. “We have to do better on most aspects of the housing file, continuing on as we are is neither sensible nor acceptable. While some recent progress has been made, we need fresh eyes on how we tackle this challenge, and I have full confidence this diverse group of individuals will bring real solutions to the table on how we can bring better governance, service and value for money to Toronto Community Housing.”
The Task Force will be led by Senator Art Eggleton and include experts from the social housing, finance, real estate development and social policy fields.
• Edmund Clark, former CEO of TD Bank,
• Blake Hutcheson, CEO Oxford Properties Group,
• Janet Mason, Public Policy Professor at the University of Toronto, formerly a senior provincial housing official,
• Muna Mohamed, Toronto Community Housing tenant representative, and
• Brian F.C. Smith, former President of WoodGreen Community Services.
The Task Force will focus on:
• Toronto Community Housing's current operations and how they serve tenants
• Partnerships and innovation
• Capital revitalization and new development
"Toronto Community Housing is key to providing safe, decent, affordable housing for the tens of thousands of people who live there," Sen. Eggleton said. “Our job is to conduct a strategic review of Toronto Community Housing's operations and how we can do better. Given the urgency of this issue, I intend to provide the Mayor with an interim report by mid-to-late summer."
The Task Force will deliver an interim report to the Mayor by late summer with a final report coming at the end of the year. The Task Force will consult with Toronto Community Housing residents, the public, the City and Toronto Community Housing staff and outside housing professionals.
The Mayor also announced the appointment of Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) as the City of Toronto's new Housing Advocate.
Toronto Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Canada and the second largest in North America. TCHC manages a portfolio of 58,500 units in 2,300 buildings across the city. It serves a diverse group of tenants with different needs, the vast majority of whom live under the poverty line.
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