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News from Toronto Community Housing  | Winter 2017

City’s 2017 budget invests more in Toronto Community Housing

The 2017 City of Toronto budget increases funding for Toronto Community Housing by $33 million a year. This will enable Toronto Community Housing to maintain programs and services for tenants, even though our costs are increasing. The budget also includes a further increase of $6 million annually to pay the costs to finance construction of 339 new rental replacement units in Regent Park. These two new commitments are critical to our progress in fixing our financial challenges and are most welcome.

Photo of Councillor Ana Bailão speaking at a press conference held at 100 Cavell Ave and joined by Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes (left), Mayor John Tory (centre) and President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn. 
Councillor Ana Bailão speaks on the importance of investing in social housing at a recent news conference held at 100 Cavell Ave joined by Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes (left), Mayor John Tory (centre) and President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn. 
Read the City of Toronto’s news release.

MLSE LaunchPad unveiled

Youth and children now have an opportunity to use a new facility right downtown where they can access cutting-edge recreation and sports programs. More than 400 guests attended the official opening of MLSE LaunchPad at Toronto Community Housing’s 259 Jarvis St. building on January 26. Two weeks later, on February 11, more than 800 children, youth and parents from our communities checked out the new facility at a community open house.
 
Parents can now register their children for programs at the MLSE LaunchPad.

A photo of the MLSE LaunchPad's basketball courts.
Inside MLSE LaunchPad, the new sport-for-development facility.
Register for programs at the MLSE LaunchPad.

Councillor Michael Ford appointed to TCHC Board of Directors

Councillor Michael Ford (Ward 2) joined Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors on January 1. Councillor Ford replaces Councillor Raymond Cho who resigned after his election to the Ontario government. Councillor Ford will also serve on the Resident Services Committee. Welcome Michael!

Read Councillor Michael Ford’s bio.

Students invited to apply now for Investing in Our Diversity Scholarships

High school students or recent graduates who need money for postsecondary education or vocational training can now apply for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship.

The scholarship program awards young leaders in Toronto with up to $4,000 for their contributions in diversity and anti-racism initiatives. These scholarships provide youth financial support towards their postsecondary or vocational training costs.
 
More than $130,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to 46 youth from across the city in 2016. Applications for the 2017 Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program are now available and due by Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5 p.m.
 
For more information about the program, including how to become a sponsor, contact Nadia Gouveia, Manager of Economic Development and Resident Employment, Toronto Community Housing, at Nadia.Gouveia@torontohousing.ca or 416-981-4090.
Young man with a black backpack on his back.
Download an application form.

Do you use our website?

Have you visited torontohousing.ca before?  We want to know what you think about the Toronto Community Housing website and how we can improve your experience. This survey will take about two minutes to fill out and all answers are confidential. Please help us make your experience better!

A woman using her laptop to navigate torontohousing.ca.
Take the survey.

291 George St. fire update

Toronto Community Housing thanks Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management, the TTC, the Wellesley Community Centre, the Canadian Red Cross, Fred Victor, Margaret's and several private hotels for their support and assistance of 291 George St. tenants and our staff during and after the major fire that happened at the building on February 9.
 
Staff and partners worked around the clock to complete all the necessary repairs to restore power, heat, hot water and elevator service, and most tenants were able to return safely back to the building within 72 hours of the fire. Tenants whose units were seriously damaged by the fire have been moved to other Toronto Community Housing apartments while more extensive repairs are made to the fourth floor of the building.

Read the statement on the 291 George St. fire.

Upcoming events

March 13: Building Investment, Finance and Audit Committee meeting
March 17: Resident Services Committee Meeting
March 24: Board meeting
March 24: Investing in our Diversity Scholarship program application deadline

Visit our calendar for more information about upcoming events, programs and meetings.

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