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News from Toronto Community Housing  | December 2015
Board of Directors approves $1.3 billion 2016 budget, including $250 million investment for capital repairs to over 40,500 households 

Toronto Community Housing's board of directors approved the 2016 budget during the board meeting on December 3. The 2016 budget is aligned with the corporate goals and objectives, which incorporates the action items from the Getting it done report to deliver tangible improvements to residents.  

The 2016 budget of $1.3 billion includes a record-level investment of $250 million in capital repairs projects across the city, benefiting over 40,500 households. Examples of capital repair projects include: 
  • Replacing elevators to create faster, more reliable service
  • Upgrading windows and exterior walls to improve safety and comfort, while reducing energy costs
  • Making accessibility improvements in common spaces and suites  
Toronto Community Housing is requesting an additional $13.7 million from the City of Toronto as part of the budget to deliver a number of action items included in the Getting it Done report that are currently underfunded.

Read more about the 2016 budget.
Toronto Community Housing welcomes new members to the Board of Directors

City Council has approved the appointment of seven citizen members to Toronto Community Housing's Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Earlier this year, two tenants were appointed to the Board of Directors following the Tenant Board member selection process. The seven citizen members will begin their term later this month and will participate in their first board meeting early next year. 

Toronto Community Housing would like to thank all departing board members for their hard work during their term and wish them all the best with their future endeavors. 

Learn more about the new Board of Directors.
Youth share their ideas at the 4th annual If I Ruled T.O. summit

About 500 youth joined Toronto Community Housing staff, government officials and community partners at the fourth annual If I Ruled T.O. summit on November 28.

This one-day "think-tank" conference allowed youth to discuss and brainstorm ideas and solutions to many of the issues that impact their lives. Discussion covered topics included accessible youth spaces, civic engagement, education, mental health, police relations, social housing, social media, violence and safety. 

"The stories are real, and it gives us a chance to talk to youth about their life experiences, and what it means to live in our properties," said Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim). "It gives our team an opportunity to do our jobs better, so that youth have a better chance and a better springboard to life."

Ideas and feedback gathered from the summit will be documented in a report to be presented to City Council by youth delegates in 2016.

Read more about the If I Ruled T.O. summit.

View our Facebook photo album to see highlights from the event.
Youth participate in workshops during the If I Ruled T.O. summit.
Youth participate in workshops during the If I Ruled T.O. summit. 
Looking back on Toronto Community Housing's accomplishments in 2015

Toronto Community Housing has achieved significant progress in making capital repairs, improving customer service, providing supports for residents and developing partnerships in 2015. Here are some highlights from this year:
  • Completed almost 23,000 capital repair projects since 2013, with over 9,500 projects completed in 2015 and $10 million to $15 million invested in capital repairs every month
  • Completed a new version of the Tenant Guide and made it available in multiple languages and formats
  • Added 60 cleaners and implemented new cleaning standards and routines to deliver improved living conditions in buildings
  • Continued to work with more than 300 partners in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to deliver capital repairs, improve supports and services for residents, and create benefits for surrounding neighbourhoods
Other notable achievements include releasing a third-party economic impact study to highlight the importance of investing in repairing and renewing aging Toronto Community Housing buildings and producing the Getting it Done report in response to the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing.

Read more about Toronto Community Housing's accomplishments in 2015.
Toronto Community Housing wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. 
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