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News from Toronto Community Housing  | September 2015
Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Crime Stoppers launch safety awareness campaign

Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Crime Stoppers have formed a partnership that will promote the anonymous 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) Crime Stoppers tip line in our communities.
 
A joint campaign across Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods will include public awareness, youth outreach activities, and a series of community safety meetings to tell residents about their option to report criminal activity while remaining anonymous.
 
Toronto Community Housing is also collaborating with Toronto Crime Stoppers to install signage in communities and distribute educational materials.
 
By working together with Toronto Crime Stoppers, Toronto Community Housing will continue to build on strategies that will help break barriers to creating safer communities.

Learn more about Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Crime Stoppers campaign.
From left to right: Troy Ross, former two-time Olympian and world-ranked cruiserweight boxer; Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing; Deputy Mayor Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1); and Sean Sportun, Vice Chair, Toronto Crime Stoppers announce a new partnership between Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Crime Stoppers.
From left to right: Troy Ross, former two-time Olympian and world-ranked cruiserweight boxer; Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing; Deputy Mayor Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1); and Sean Sportun, Vice Chair, Toronto Crime Stoppers announce a new partnership between Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Crime Stoppers. 
Toronto Community Housing launches Capital Repairs Tracker

Toronto Community Housing has launched the Capital Repairs Tracker. This online tool allows people to track the progress of the 10-year capital repair plan to fix Toronto Community Housing's aging buildings and homes.

The Capital Repairs Tracker shows the progress, by location and category, of the $175 million being invested in 2015 in much-needed capital repairs, as well as the more than $196 million already invested in repairs to aging buildings across the city in 2013 and 2014. These repairs include the replacement of single-pane windows, aging boilers, leaking roofs and outdated generators, as well as repairs to elevators, foundations, interiors and parking garages. 

The tracker automatically updates its numbers from our capital repairs database every month. As of August 31, 2015, a total of 19,703 capital repair projects have been completed.

Learn more about the Capital Repairs Tracker.
Youth benefit from YouthWorx program

Participants of the YouthWorx program wrapped up their final day on the job on August 28. Through this program, 115 young residents ages 14 to 29 were employed to do maintenance, clean-ups and small-scale repair work. Participants also received professional development training on financial literacy and career development.

During a final wrap-up event on August 26 in Regent Park, participants made presentations about their summer experience, alumni spoke about the benefits of the program, and 48 youth received awards for good citizenship, mentoring, collaboration and exceptional customer service.

YouthWorx continues to be a stepping stone for Toronto Community Housing youth who wish to gain work experience.

Learn more about the YouthWorx program.

See photos of this year’s YouthWorx program on Toronto Community Housing’s Facebook page.
YouthWorx participants receive awards for good citizenship, mentoring, collaboration and exceptional customer service.
YouthWorx participants receive awards for good citizenship, mentoring, collaboration and exceptional customer service.
KickStart returns for a fourth season 

Toronto Community Housing, in partnership with MLSE Foundation, Toronto FC and Kia Canada, have kicked off the fourth year of KickStart.

More than 200 kids ages six to 12 from 15 communities gathered on August 20 at the hanger in Downsview Park. Youth participating in KickStart received soccer equipment, uniforms, training manuals and activity booklets. 

KickStart is an eight-week program that teaches children soccer skills, as well as valuable lessons in self-esteem and teamwork to engage youth and their families through sport. Youth mentors and program staff hired for KickStart are also residents of Toronto Community Housing.

Visit our website to learn more about KickStart and Toronto Community Housing's Active Living programs. 
Young participants playing with the soccer ball during KickStart's opening day celebrations.
Young participants playing with the soccer ball during KickStart's opening day celebrations. 
R-PATH advocates for residents with physical disabilities

This summer marks the second anniversary of the R-PATH (Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing) committee and its advocacy work to improve accessibility for Toronto Community Housing residents with physical disabilities.

R-PATH is a group of Toronto Community Housing residents who work together with staff to remove housing design barriers in communities. The committee is also helping to create new strategies for improving accessibility. With full support, hard work and input from R-PATH, the Board of Directors recently approved a new Accessibility Policy.

R-PATH has been a valuable asset for Toronto Community Housing and continues to work to help the organization to become a leader in accessible housing.

Read more about R-PATH and its accomplishments.
Participatory Budgeting community meetings

Participatory Budgeting community meetings concluded last month in Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods. In total, over 200 meetings were held across the city.

At each community meeting, residents selected two priority projects (one each for 2015 and 2016) to be put forward at allocation meetings taking place this fall. Each community delegated one resident and one alternate to represent their community at these upcoming meetings.

Participatory budgeting gives Toronto Community Housing residents a say on where capital repair funds should be invested to improve their communities. This year, Toronto Community Housing has allocated $8 million for Participatory Budgeting projects across the city.

Visit our website to learn more about Participatory Budgeting.
Youth in Allenbury Gardens receive scholarships

Three youth from the Allenbury Gardens community received the Allenbury Gardens Revitalization scholarship for postsecondary education or training.  Family and friends of recipients, staff from Toronto Community Housing and representatives from developer partner FRAM Building Group joined together to celebrate these recipients at an awards ceremony on August 18.
 
Recipients were chosen based on their academic achievements and contributions to the Allenbury Gardens community through volunteering and mentoring younger residents.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities available at Toronto Community Housing.
From left to right: Frank Giannone, President, FRAM Building Group; award recipients Raed Salah Eid and Samuel Baah; and Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing.
From left to right: Frank Giannone, President, FRAM Building Group; award recipients Raed Salah Eid and Samuel Baah; and Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing.
Residents learn how to "go green" at conservation fairs

Toronto Community Housing hosted three community conservation fairs this summer to educate staff and residents about its green initiatives. Attendees received tips on waste reduction, water conservation and reducing utility usage.

Partners set up booths and hosted workshops and residents were encouraged to bring hazardous household waste materials to be safely disposed of by the City of Toronto's Waste Management Services.

The conservation fairs were a joint partnership between Toronto Community Housing, the City of Toronto, Enbridge, Toronto Hydro and the Ontario Energy Board.

Learn more about Toronto Community Housing's green initiatives.

R
ead more about community conservation fairs.
Young resident learning how to be green at a conservation fair in Lawrence Heights.
Young resident learning how to be green at a conservation fair in Lawrence Heights.
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