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News from Toronto Community Housing  | Summer 2016
City Council passes Tenants First report, and looks for savings for 2017

Toronto City Council’s July agenda included two keys items affecting Toronto Community Housing. 

City Council approved the Tenants First: A Way Forward for Toronto Community Housing and Social Housing in Toronto report with two amendments to adopt new strategic approaches in how we should be structured and governed. This report contains the City’s preliminary recommendations on how the issues of financial sustainability at Toronto Community Housing might be addressed. A key amendment proposed by Councillor and Toronto Community Housing board member Joe Cressy and approved by Council is that the City would “provide the funding required” to make Toronto Community Housing “a landlord of choice with a reputation for good repair, cleanliness, and safe and healthy buildings.”

City Council also passed a motion requiring all City departments and agencies to aim for a 2.6-per-cent reduction in their 2017 budgets. In 2017, Toronto Community Housing expects $204 million of its budget will come from the City, and it would be this portion of the 2017 budget that would be impacted by such a reduction.  

Stay tuned for updates as we move forward with City staff to discuss the implementation of the Tenants First report. 

Toronto Community Housing reaches the 30,000 milestone in capital repair projects 

Our Capital Repairs Tracker shows as that July 31st, Toronto Community Housing has surpassed the 30,000 capital repair projects milestone in our $2.6-billion 10-year capital repair plan. The more than 30,000 projects that we have completed since launching the capital repair program in 2013 include:

  • 1.8 million square feet of roofing
  • 256 new furnaces and boilers in 181 buildings
  • Refurbishment of 5,500 balconies
  • New windows for 7,500 homes
  • 145 new or refurbished elevators in 88 buildings
  • 15,200 kitchen and bathroom renovations

Although less than 20 per cent of the total required repairs have been completed, there are already significant improvements in building conditions and quality of life for tenants. There have been 80 per cent fewer reports of major service disruptions to the Client Care Centre compared with one year ago across the portfolio.
 
The City of Toronto has worked with us to secure one-third of the $2.6 billion required to fix our aging infrastructure. By the end of this year, Toronto Community Housing will have invested over $622 million toward capital repair projects.
 
Learn more about the 10-year capital repair plan.

TowerWise Retrofit Program video showcases positive results

With our $4.2 million partnership with Toronto Atmospheric Fund underway, the TowerWise Retrofit Program is helping to reduce greenhouse emissions, utility costs and improve resident comfort at seven Toronto Community Housing buildings.
 
Toronto Atmospheric Fund released a video this summer to showcase this partnership and provide more detail about how installing retrofits in these Toronto Community Housing buildings will help reduce greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent. Residents participating in the video spoke about the tangible benefits this project will provide.

Learn more about the TowerWise Retrofit project.
 
Toronto Atmospheric Fund staff smiling for the camera alongside a Toronto Community Housing tenant.
Toronto Community Housing tenants are working together with Toronto Community Housing and Toronto Atmospheric Fund on the retrofit program.
KickStart program announces expansion during the fifth season launch

Toronto Community Housing teamed up with MLSE Foundation, Toronto FC and Kia Canada to launch the fifth season of KickStart on August 16 and to announce the expansion of the program.
 
KickStart is a free eight-week soccer program for 300 children ages 6 to 12 years. This year, KickStart has been expanded to include an all-girls program and a homework club to help participants with their school work.
 
Read more about the KickStart fifth season
A photo collage showing highlights from the opening day of the fifth season of KickStart.
Highlights from the opening day of the fifth season of KickStart.
A grand slam 28th season for Rookie Leaguers

Another successful season has ended for Rookie League baseball camp. This summer, 1,200 kids aged 6 to 12 from 43 communities took part in fun, motivating activities that to teach kids baseball and team skills.

 Some highlights from this season include:

  • Opening Day: Campers were welcomed by Jays Care Foundation Executive Director Robert Witchel, Toronto Blue Jays alumnus and Rogers Sportsnet announcer Buck Martinez and Toronto Community Housing President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn who encouraged the young participants to have fun playing baseball.
  • International Youth Day: Rookie League program leaders spent the day in workshops learning development and job skills. Chris Archer, a talented young pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, delivered the keynote address.
  • Closing Day: Campers and Rookie League staff received awards and spent their final hours of Rookie League at a carni-ball where they played games and won giveaways.
Thanks to additional funding from Jays Care Foundation, Rookie League is expanding past the summer to include after-school programs in several communities.
 
Read more about Rookie League.
A photo collage showing the special moments that highlight the amazing 2016 Rookie League season.
Special moments that highlight the amazing 2016 Rookie League season.  
A community event to celebrate the opening of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds 

The spectacular Regent Park Athletic Grounds officially opened on June 29 with students from Nelson Mandela Park school and Lord Dufferin school participating in games and activities. Toronto Community Housing partnered with MLSE Foundation, the Daniels Corporation and the City of Toronto to celebrate the new addition to the Regent Park revitalization with an all-day community event.
 
The Regent Park Athletic Grounds are part of phase three of the Regent Park revitalization project and include a basketball court, soccer/cricket pitch, running track, hockey rink and field house. It will serve as a sports destination for the Regent Park community and for the rest of the city.
 
Learn more about the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.
A photo collage highlighting moments from the Regent Park Athletic Grounds grand opening.
Highlights from the Regent Park Athletic Grounds grand opening.
Upcoming events

August 28: Bishop Tutu community BBQ and mural unveiling
September 5: Offices are closed for Labour Day
September 14: Board meeting
September 21: Health and Safety Fair for seniors
September 29: Limitless Heights Scholarship dinner
September 30: Toronto Housing Summit 
 
Visit our calendar for more information about upcoming events, programs and meetings.

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