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News from Toronto Community Housing  | November 2016

City Council gives the green light to the 250 Davenport revitalization project

Toronto City Council approved the 250 Davenport revitalization project during its November meeting. The project includes selling a portion of 250 Davenport lands, along with redeveloping the site, on the condition that all proceeds from land sales and profits from condos sales be used to repair or replace aging housing stock in the portfolio.

With City Council’s endorsement, Toronto Community Housing and its developer partners Diamond Corp and Metropia can proceed with the project, which includes the replacement of 11 townhouses and construction of a new condominium tower. Work on the $13.5-million refurbishment of the existing rental building is already well underway and is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

A rendering of the revitalized 250 Davenport community.
A rendering showing what 250 Davenport will look like once the revitalization project is completed.  
Learn more about the 250 Davenport revitalization project.

Did you know?


The rental building and townhouses at 250 Davenport are almost 50 years old and were in significant need of repair. With the proceeds from the sale of land to our developer partners, work has been underway for the past year to upgrade the electrical system, reclad the entire building, and replace single-paned windows and plumbing risers. Through the project, the developer partners will also provide $1.5 million in employment, education and scholarship opportunities for tenants.

Jays Care Foundation hits it out of the park with the new Home Run Scholars Program

Toronto Community Housing and Jays Care Foundation have launched Home Run Scholars, an after-school program for children ages 6 to 14 that helps them achieve their full potential academically and physically. Participants will receive help with homework and improve their physical health while building teamwork skills through games and sport.

The partners first announced the program back in January when Jays Care Foundation announced that they were investing $246,000 to expand the Rookie League program from a summer baseball day camp to a year-round program. The Home Run Scholars program is currently running in 24 communities.

Home Run Scholars participants having fun during their first Big Sports Day at Ryerson University.
Home Run Scholars participants having fun during their first Big Sports Day at Ryerson University.
Learn more about the Home Run Scholars Program.

We are hiring!

Toronto Community Housing is hiring program leaders for the Home Run Scholars Program. If you know youth who may be interested in applying, share this issue of insidehousing with them. 

Seniors forums reach more than 1,000 seniors

The 2016 Seniors Forum Initiative was a collaboration between Toronto Community Housing senior tenants and staff. Toronto Community Housing and more than 30 community agency partners hosted three forums across the city in 2016, providing more than 1,000 seniors with information on living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Older tenants learn more about support and services from various agencies at the seniors forum in Regent Park.
Older tenants learn more about support and services from various agencies at the seniors forum in Regent Park. 
Read more about the 2016 seniors forums.

Toronto Community Housing tenants receive recognition at the 2016 ONPHA Conference

Toronto Community Housing tenants took home three Tenant Achievement Recognition Awards at the 2016 Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) conference. The awards recognize individuals or groups who help make their non-profit housing community a better place to live.

The Jane/Firgrove, Lawrence/Orton and Queensway/Windermere ReSet local design teams each won the award for their work in engaging their neighbours in conversations about how to build vibrant, equitable, safe and beautiful communities. Each team has developed core design principles to guide community development for years to come.

Also at the conference, Sherri Hanley, Toronto Community Housing’s Manager of Stakeholder Relations, was elected to the ONPHA Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Toronto Community Housing tenants Lorna Colquhoun (second from right), Veronica Marte (third from right) and Penny Fisher (fourth from right) accepted the awards on behalf of their communities.
Toronto Community Housing tenants Lorna Colquhoun (second from right), Veronica Marte (third from right) and Penny Fisher (fourth from right) accepted the awards on behalf of their communities.
Watch ONPHA’s 2016 Tenant Achievement Awards video.

Development Director Vincent Tong receives the Rose Center ULI Fall Meeting scholarship

Toronto Community Housing’s interim Development Director Vincent Tong won a scholarship from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to attend the Rose Center ULI Fall Meeting, which took place in Dallas last month. Vincent attended the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Product Council, where he learned more about transforming developments and how he can apply this knowledge to development projects at Toronto Community Housing.

At the conference, ULI announced that Daniels Spectrum, the community arts and cultural hub in Regent Park, had been named as one of the 11 winners in 2016 of its prestigious Global Award for Excellence. The award—which is open to the entire industry, not just ULI members—recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management, and showcase best practices in responsible development and community building.

It’s the fourth time Daniels Spectrum has won an international award since it opened to the public in September 2012. Vincent represented Toronto Community Housing in accepting the award alongside our partners The Daniels Corporation, Artscape and Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Vincent Tong with Tim Jones (Artscape) and Farid Jalil (Daniels Spectrum) at the ULI Fall Meeting.
Vincent Tong with Tim Jones (Artscape) and Farid Jalil (Daniels Spectrum) at the ULI Fall Meeting.
Read Vincent’s story.

Renowned Canadian track champion inspires Midnight Madness participants

Since Toronto Community Housing launched Midnight Madness Basketball in 2013, the program has gathered youth ages 14 to 17 from various communities on Friday nights to develop their skills both on and off the court, through workshops and connecting with mentors.

Through a partnership with First Book Canada, youth recently got to meet world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien during a program session. Perdita took this opportunity to speak one-on-one with the youth in the program about life skills and striving to achieve their goals.

The youth also met Giller Prize nominee Craig Davidson (a.k.a. Nick Cutter) and sports journalist and author Adam Elliott Segal on November 18 through the same partnership with First Book Canada

Youth from the Midnight Madness Program watching the basketball game from the sidelines.
Youth from the Midnight Madness Program watching the basketball game from the sidelines.
Learn more about Midnight Madness Basketball program.

Upcoming events

December 6: Governance, Communications, Human Resources and Compensation Committee meeting

December 8: Board of Directors meeting

December 12: Building Investment, Finance and Audit Committee meeting

December 26: Offices are closed for statutory holiday

December 27: Offices are closed for statutory holiday

January 2: Offices closed for New Year’s Day

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

Stay tuned for the next issue of insidehousing

Make sure to check out our next issue of insidehousing in mid-December. It will take a look back at highlights from the year and provide details about Toronto Community Housing’s 2017 budget.

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