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News from Toronto Community Housing  | June 2015
2015 Resident Survey results now available

Almost two-thirds of residents expressed overall satisfaction with Toronto Community Housing, according to the 2015 Resident Survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights.The survey measured overall satisfaction as well as satisfaction with specific services such as repairs, maintenance, cleanliness, safety, and resident engagement. 

Read more about the 2015 Resident Survey findings.
Strengthening rent calculations

Toronto Community Housing is taking additional steps to strengthen the processes for calculating rent after finding that a limited number of rent-geared-to-income tenants were undercharged rent, or in some cases overcharged, as a result of errors in the calculation process. We are notifying and reimbursing all tenants who have been identified as having been overcharged rent as a result of these findings. 

Read more about how Toronto Community Housing is acting to strengthen rent calculations
Tenant Representatives nominate new Tenant Board Directors

Tenant Representatives from across Toronto voted to select two nominees and two alternates to become part of the Toronto Community Housing Board of Directors.

Catherine Wilkinson and Robert Carlo were selected as nominees and Conrad Hall and Anita Dressler were selected as alternates. Their names are being considered by City Council this week.

Read more about the Tenant Board member selection voting results.
Toronto Community Housing at Work in 2015
Participatory Budgeting 2015

Now in its 13th year, Participatory Budgeting provides Toronto Community Housing residents the opportunity to decide how to invest capital repair funds in their communities. This year Toronto Community Housing has allocated $8 million for the Participatory Budgeting program.

Residents attended community brainstorming sessions in May to learn about Participatory Budgeting and to discuss capital repair priorities. During the summer, residents will receive information about the history of capital repairs, and past capital repair projects in their communities. In September residents will vote on which capital repair projects should receive funding. 

Learn more about Participatory Budgeting and how to get involved in the process.
 
Regent Park's newest rental building

Toronto Community Housing and our developer partner Daniels recently celebrated the launch of Regent Park’s newest rental building, 180 Sackville. This is a mid-rise building with 86 units, including accessible and family-sized units. As of May 1, residents began moving back into Regent Park and occupying their homes.

Read more about Revitalization in Regent Park
Regent Park's newest rental building 180 Sackville.
Regent Park's newest rental building, 180 Sackville. 
Scholarships awarded to youth living in Toronto Community Housing 

Toronto Community Housing, in partnership with Scadding Court Community Centre, 14 Division Community Police Liaison Committee and 11 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, celebrated the 14th annual Investing in our Diversity Scholarship Program with a dinner and fundraiser on May 27. 

A total of 46 youth from across Toronto were awarded scholarships to pursue post-secondary education or training, and many of them were Toronto Community Housing residents. This year there was an increase of 18 scholarships from 2014, when 28 youth received this honour. 

Recipients were selected based on their contributions to their communities in promoting diversity, anti-racism and equity. Recipients received scholarships of up to $4,000 along with support for employment opportunities and networking. 

Read more about the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship program fundraiser
 
Scholarship recipients with community partners and sponsors
Scholarship recipients with community partners and sponsors.
Empowering young women

More than 100 young women aged 13 to 16 attended HERstory Chapter VII: Stronger than EVER at Alexander Stirling Public School in Scarborough on May 23. This one-day empowerment and leadership conference, hosted by Toronto Community Housing and a number of partners, created a space for young women to connect and talk about many of the things that they have in common.

Throughout the day the young women participated in interactive workshops, heard from inspirational speakers and shared their ideas in wisdom circles. By focusing on topics like mental health, social media, identity, and healthy relationships, attendees were provided with supports and networks they can use in their daily lives.

Check out the Facebook album for more photos of the event.
 
Photos of guest speakers and young women who attended this year's HERstory conference
Photos of guest speakers and young women who attended this year's HERstory conference 
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