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News from Toronto Community Housing  | Summer 2015
Mayor's Task Force releases interim report

Senator Art Eggleton and the other members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing presented their interim report, Improved Living at Toronto Community Housing: Priority Actions, to Mayor John Tory at a news conference in Regent Park on July 15. The interim report recognizes improvements already underway and highlights where more work needs to be done, based on the Task Force's review of Toronto Community Housing operations and the concerns and issues brought forward by residents.

The interim report recommends immediate and longer term improvements to services and living conditions for Toronto Community Housing residents. Toronto Community Housing is developing action plans based on the recommendations, to be submitted by early September.  

In working with the Task Force over the past six months, Toronto Community Housing staff made more than 40 presentations on all aspects of our operations, supported Task Force visits to our buildings, and responded to more than 150 requests for information.

Read Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn’s statement on the Task Force's interim report.
Official opening of West Don Lands buildings

Residents and elected officials joined Toronto Community Housing for the opening celebration of 243 new affordable housing units at 585 King Street East on June 29.

The affordable housing complex contains two four-storey buildings with 115 rental family units and an eight-storey building of 128 rental seniors units. The units received funding through the federal, provincial and municipal governments, with the remaining capital repair costs covered by Toronto Community Housing. Waterfront Toronto, as master developer of the West Don Lands area, and the provincial government provided the land for this project at nominal value.

"The West Don Lands is the latest exciting example of how Toronto Community Housing is transforming neighbourhoods into successful, mixed-use, mixed-income communities through the construction of high-quality, affordable homes," said Toronto Community Housing's Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn. "It’s also an example of how, when working together with support from all levels of government, we can provide clean, safe, affordable homes for residents across the city."

Visit our website for more information about the West Don Lands community.
Guests, residents and elected officials prepare for the ribbon cutting at the West Don Lands official opening.
Guests, residents and elected officials prepare for the ribbon cutting at the West Don Lands official opening.
Phase One begins in Allenbury Gardens 

Toronto Community Housing and developer partner FRAM Building Group launched Phase One of the Revitalization project at Allenbury Gardens on June 26.

Residents and elected officials joined us as we began the demolition of 57 aging Toronto Community Housing townhouses.

Allenbury Gardens is the first Revitalization community in northeast Toronto. In Phase One, we will replace 30 rent-geared-to-income townhouses and build 422 private units in two market condominium buildings. The reminder of the rental townhouses will be replaced in Phase Two. Phase One is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Read more about the Revitalization project in Allenbury Gardens.
Large construction machine tearing down aging townhouses at Allenbury Gardens.
Tearing down aging Toronto Community Housing townhouses at Allenbury Gardens.
Brighter Nights: making communities safer

The Brighter Nights community outreach program helps make communities safer by replacing old light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs. Because the new bulbs use 75 per cent less energy, residents are encouraged to leave their lights on overnight to improve community safety.

To date, 38 Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods have taken part in this program and over 5,500 light bulbs have been replaced.

Toronto Community Housing's partners in the Brighter Nights program include Toronto Hydro, Toronto Community Crisis Response Program, the Toronto Police Service and local volunteers.

Watch a CTV story about how the Brighter Nights program helps improve security in Toronto Community Housing's Jamestown development.
Rookie League is back for its 27th season

The summer baseball season kicked off with the start of Rookie League's 27th season on July 8. About 1,250 children from over 50 Toronto Community Housing communities came together at Stan Wadlow Park in East York to play, learn and enjoy the game of baseball.
Each summer, Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing, runs Rookie League, a safe, fun, active and engaging summer-long baseball day camp for kids ages six to 12.
Rookie League also helps connect youth with employment and leadership opportunities. This year, 180 youth 15 years and older will be employed as coaches, mentors and counsellors through the Rookie League Youth Champion program.

Visit our website for more information about Rookie League and other Toronto Community Housing Active Living programs.
Photo collage of children, staff and partners celebrating Rookie League's opening day.
Highlights from Rookie League's opening day.
YouthWorx provides work experience for young people

YouthWorx provides Toronto Community Housing youth with summer work experience and gives them tools to propel them forward in a career path of their choosing. 
During July and August, Toronto Community Housing hires residents 14 to 29 years of age to perform various small-scale labour jobs including community clean-ups, light repairs, community gardening, sign cleaning and painting. This year, 110 youth from Toronto Community Housing communities are participating in the program out of 500 applicants.
Over the course of the program, which is now in its third year, youth participate in professional development days held once a week on topics including financial literacy and career advice, led by partners including Youth Employment Services (YES) and WoodGreen Community Services.

Read more about YouthWorx and other Focus on Youth programs.
Youth await interviews at a YouthWorx recruitment session.
Youth await interviews at a YouthWorx recruitment session.
Highlights of July 28 Toronto Community Housing board meeting

Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors approved a new Accessibility Policy at the July 28 Board meeting
The Accessibility Policy was developed by Toronto Community Housing staff in consultation with residents, community agencies and Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing (R-PATH), an advisory committee of Toronto Community Housing residents with disabilities.

The new policy represents Toronto Community Housing’s commitment to ensure accessibility for residents and staff with disabilities. It complies with and sometimes exceeds, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR).

Read more highlights from the Board of Directors meeting on July 28
Toronto Community Housing's 2014 Annual Report

Toronto Community Housing’s 2014 Annual Report Strong Foundations Build Great Futures is now available. The report looks back on our accomplishments in 2014, and looks ahead to the work still to be done in 2015 and beyond.

Resident stories
The Annual Report features stories about Toronto Community Housing residents and the work they are doing in their communities. Check out their stories on our website: Visit our website to download a copy of the 2014 Annual Report or e-mail if you would like us to send you a printed copy (please include your mailing address in your e-mail).
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