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News from Toronto Community Housing  | May 2015
Working together to Close the Housing Gap

Toronto Community Housing partnered with the City of Toronto on two Close the Housing Gap campaign events last month.

More than 400 people packed Toronto City Hall Council Chambers on April 28 for a Close the Housing Gap rally. An energetic crowd heard from rousing speakers, including Toronto Community Housing tenants, elected officials and affordable housing supporters. Together, we called on the federal and provincial governments to invest in social housing. Check out the Facebook album for photos of the event.

The next day, more than 50 city builders, sector partners and campaign endorsers gathered at our West Don Lands building for a Close the Housing Gap summit. Attendees heard from Interim President and CEO Greg Spearn about the findings of our Economic Impact Study. They participated in a discussion about how they can work together to share the message that investing in social housing leads to better public health, improved community safety, job creation and economic growth.

We're excited about the momentum of the campaign and look forward to continuing to work together with the City of Toronto in 2015 to “close the housing gap” and secure the funding we need to sustain and complete our 10-year capital repair program. 
Guest speakers at the Close the Housing Gap rally included (clockwise from top left): Tom Clement, Executive Director; Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell; Councillor and Housing Advocate Ana Bailão; and Toronto Community Housing Board Chair Bud Purves.
Guest speakers at the Close the Housing Gap rally included (clockwise from top left): Tom Clement, Executive Director; Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell; Councillor and Housing Advocate Ana Bailão; and Toronto Community Housing Board Chair Bud Purves. 
Toronto Community Housing and MLSE Foundation partner  to create new Sports for Development Centre

Toronto Community Housing has partnered with MLSE Foundation to create a new Sport for Development Centre at 261 Jarvis St.

MLSE Foundation will invest $6 million to renovate the 42,000 square feet of vacant space at 261 Jarvis into a sports facility for youth. The new space will include a new multipurpose gymnasium, classrooms, cafeteria, and a kitchen. The Sport for Development Centre will be a collaborative space for sports, education and research, which will help support the physical and mental health of youth.

Read more about the new Sport for Development Centre.
Designs of the new Sport for Development Centre at 261 Jarvis.
Designs of the new Sport for Development Centre at 261 Jarvis St.
Recognizing youth achievements 

Blaney McMurtry LLP hosted the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship
awards breakfast on April 16. Fifty guests joined 
former scholarship recipients, Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre, and the Hon.Patrick LeSage, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Guests gathered together to help support and recognize youth involvement and commitment to anti-racism, diversity and community-building activities.

Recipients may be awarded up to $4,000 for their first year of postsecondary education. The Investing in our Diversity Scholarship program is organized by Toronto Community Housing, the Scadding Court Community Centre, 14 Division Community Police Liaison Committee and 11 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.

2015 award recipients will be announced at the upcoming dinner and fundraiser held on May 27.

Read more about the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship program.
Ian Epstein, partner at Blanet McMurtry, Lenna Bradburn, Vice President of Resident and Community Services and, Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre, were keynote speakers at the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship breakfast.
Ian Epstein, partner at Blaney McMurtry, Lenna Bradburn, Vice President of Resident and Community Services, and Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre, were keynote speakers at the Investing in our Diversity Scholarship breakfast.
Update on Tenant Board Member selection process

The process to nominate the next tenant members of Toronto Community Housing's Board of Directors began in early April with information sessions held across the city. These sessions allowed prospective applicants the opportunity to learn more about the position, qualifications and learning what it means to be part of the organization.

Tenant Representative delegates met on April 25 to narrow down the applicant list to eight candidates, who will proceed to the voting process.

On May 4, an All-Candidates Meeting was held at North York Civic Centre. This provided an opportunity for Tenant Representatives to connect with the candidates and ask questions.

Tenant Representatives from across Toronto will vote to nominate two candidates that will be recommended to the City to become the next Tenant Board Directors. Voting will be held from May 12 to May 15. 

Read more about the Tenant Board Members selection process, including information about the final eight candidates.
 
The Mayor's Task Force would like to hear from you

Do you have thoughts about how to improve Toronto Community Housing?

Share your ideas by attending a community meeting hosted by the Mayor's Task Force. The meetings are open to the public.

Remaining Meetings:

Tuesday, May 19
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Rotunda
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20
41 Mabelle Avenue
Recreation Room
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.    

Monday, May 25
Don Mills Public Library
888 Lawrence Avenue East
Auditorium
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Read more about the task force and its public meetings.
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