Mayor Tory and the city are addressing the backlog of repairs needed at the TCHC.
In one of Tory’s first moves as Mayor he appointed a 6 person task force and they have released an interim report with 7 recommendations.
The task force led by Liberal Senator Art Eggleton found millions of dollars in additional funds for housing repairs through mortgage re-financing.
The refinancing should free up an additional $171 million this year, and $200 million next year, to be put towards the backlog in repairs.
Among the recommendations made by the task force to improve conditions for tenants are:
– Getting drug dealers out of TCH housing by re-deploying TCH community safety staff and petitioning the province for tougher legislation on evictions and trespassing;
– Providing more jobs and opportunities for residents, particularly youth; and
– Developing stronger, more transparent standards for cleaning, repairs and removal of pests.
Eggleton says “The Task Force also wants TCH to ramp up repair work to deliver real improvements for tenants by the end of the year.”
Since January, the Task Force has heard from more than 1,200 people who shared what they think is working well at TCH and what needs to be improved.
The interim report focuses on immediate steps that could be taken to improve the lives of tenants. The final report will look at opportunities for partnership and innovation, capital revitalization and new development and governance and is due in December.
The full interim report can be seen here: toronto.ca/tch-taskforce