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News from Toronto Community Housing  | November 2015
Toronto Community Housing acts to improve safety and security

Toronto Community Housing has changed the patrol model for its Community Safety Unit officers to produce faster response times for residents, increased on-the-ground presence in communities, and greater community engagement.

The new model permanently assigns Community Patrol Officers to one of 20 patrol zones across the city. This means the same officers will be a frequent and consistent presence in communities, enabling them to respond faster to calls for service, conduct almost double the number of joint patrols with Toronto Police Service, and strengthen relationships with local residents, including youth.

In October 2015, four new Community Patrol Officers joined the unit and 13 more officers will start in January 2016, bringing the total complement to 99 officers. In 2016, Toronto Community Housing will be seeking additional funding to hire 94 more Community Safety Unit staff over the next three years to increase our ability to assist police and support evictions for cause.

Learn more about what Toronto Community Housing is doing to support to safety and security in communities.
Toronto Community Housing holds forum with service provider partners across the city to support residents 

More than 90 staff from over 40 social, health and community-based service providers joined Toronto Community Housing staff at a service provider forum earlier this month. The forum gave service providers a chance to learn more about the services we provide and discuss how we can continue to work together to address our shared challenges and continue to improve the lives of residents.
 
Toronto Community Housing has just 23 Community Services Coordinators who support vulnerable residents by connecting them to services. We are not funded to do this work, but find ways to do it within our limited budget because it is important for vulnerable residents. The organization could not succeed without our partners who help us solve challenging cases, provide on-site supports and deliver a wide range of programs and services in our communities.

 Read more about the service provider forum.
Toronto Community Housing staff and service providers discuss how to address shared challenges and improve the lives of residents.
Toronto Community Housing staff and service providers discuss how to address shared challenges and improve the lives of residents. 
Capital repairs program creates more job opportunities for residents

Toronto Community Housing is building on its success of creating jobs for residents through its Revitalization program by expanding these efforts to the entire capital repair program.   

Both our capital repair work and ongoing revitalization projects are expected to create about 5,600 jobs in 2016, and the organization is targeting 2.5 per cent of vendor contracts for resident jobs and training with a long-term target of 10 per cent.

Read more about how Toronto Community Housing is creating jobs for residents.
Residents, staff and volunteers plant trees to restore greenery in Chester Le

Toronto Community Housing staff, residents and volunteers joined TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to plant more than 60 trees and shrubs to replace those damaged during the 2013 ice storm.

This event took place as part of TD Tree Days and is a continuation of TD’s commitment to support the Chester Le community. The event restored more than half of the tree canopy that was damaged, creating a greener community.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has previously funded the Chester Le Olive Community Garden through local chapter funding, as well as through a Park People TD Park Builder grant. Toronto Community Housing continues to work with partners like TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to help make positive impacts in the community.

Read more on the tree planting event in the Chester Le community.
Volunteers work together to plant new a new tree in the Chester Le Community.
Volunteers work together to plant new a new tree in the Chester Le Community. 
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