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News from Toronto Community Housing  | March 2016
1315 Neilson fire update

Toronto Community Housing is deeply saddened by the tragedy at 1315 Neilson Road on February 5. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who died and those who were injured in the fire. Our staff continues to deliver exceptional on-site support to tenants affected by the Neilson Road fire as work to repair and restore the damage to the fifth floor is underway.
 
Repairs to the units in the west wing of the building are complete and some tenants have moved back into their units. Tenants living in the east wing, where the fire occurred, have been relocated to alternative accommodation for a few weeks while repairs to the east wing continue. During this time, staff will remain in contact with tenants and deliver up-to-date information regarding their return date.
 
Following the fire at 1315 Neilson, as a precaution, Toronto Community Housing removed all furniture in common spaces that could be considered a hallway across the portfolio. We are working with Toronto Fire Services to see when and if the furniture can be returned.
 
We continue to work closely with Toronto Fire Services to examine practices in all Toronto Community Housing buildings to maintain the highest level of fire safety standards possible.

Read President and CEO Greg Spearn's response to the 1315 Neilson Road Fire.
Designing a new participation system
for tenants


Since 2015, tenants have been working with Toronto Community Housing staff to design a new Tenant Participation System. This will support tenants to become more proactive within in their communities and to address issues at a community level.
 
Throughout February and March, community meetings are being hosted “by tenants, for tenants” to provide feedback on the current tenant engagement system and to share ideas on how it can be improved. These meetings are being facilitated by tenants and supported by staff. The ideas and feedback from the meetings will help shape the direction of the tenant participation system, and build a new method to resolve issues and better support communities.

Learn more about the Tenant Participation System.
Check out the updated Residents section on
our website


We have launched a new Residents section on our torontohousing.ca website. The new section includes all the content from the Tenant Guide published in 2015 and much more. The design makes it easier for tenants to navigate the website for up-to-date information about living in Toronto Community Housing, on such topics as leases, moves and transfers, utilities, community resources and more.
 
Check out our new Residents section on our website.
NBA All-Star weekend comes to Toronto Community Housing 

Toronto Community Housing partnered with Nike Canada on February 13 to provide youth ages 6 to 12 an unique opportunity to meet NBA and WNBA players during the NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.
 
Youth from our communities had the opportunity to spend the morning running drills and shooting hoops with Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl Anthony Towns and Chicago Sky player Elena Delle Donne. Each child who participated at the event took home gear and new shoes that were very kindly donated by Nike Canada.
  
Check out our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.
A young Toronto Community Housing tenant is ready to shoot hoops with NBA and WNBA basketball players.
A young Toronto Community Housing tenant is ready to shoot hoops with NBA and WNBA basketball players.
MLSE LaunchPad tops $4 million in donations

On the NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto, Toronto Community Housing staff and members of the Board of Directors attended a special site tour of the MLSE LaunchPad. Attendees at the February 11 event included MLSE Chairman Larry Tanenbaum, MLSE President and CEO Michael Friisdahl, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services Tracy MacCharles and Mayor John Tory. The site tour celebrated the announcement that the project has already received over $4 million in donations.
 
Last April, Toronto Community Housing announced our partnership with the MLSE Foundation to transform 42,000 square feet of vacant space at 261 Jarvis Street into a new facility for sports, education and research on physical and mental health for youth. The facility is anticipated to open in early 2017.
 
Learn more about the MLSE LaunchPad.
A rendering of the MLSE LaunchPad.
A rendering of the MLSE LaunchPad.
Rookie League to hire over 130 youth for the summer

Over 250 youth lined up around Toronto Community Housing’s head office on February 20 to apply for a job with the Rookie League program. Rookie League is a summer baseball camp for children between the ages of 6 to 12 run by Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing. It is entering its 28th season and will be expanding to a year-round program starting in 2016.
 
This year, Toronto Community Housing will hire over 130 youth as senior and junior program leaders to act as Rookie League coaches and mentors to the participants.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the Rookie League job fair.
Youth lined up around Toronto Community Housing’s 931 Yonge St. head office, waiting to be interviewed by Toronto Community Housing staff.
Youth lined up around Toronto Community Housing’s 931 Yonge St. head office, waiting to be interviewed by Toronto Community Housing staff.
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