The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is in some hot water for its recent initiative, the “Resident Engagement System Refresh”.
The TCHC hired Seattle-based consultant Jim Diers, an international expert in participatory governance and asset-based community development, to provide staff and tenants with “tools for effectively engaging residents, leading resident meetings and facilitating resident-led open forums”. The price of running an information and motivation session such as this? $6,800. As can be imagined, the tenants are being left with a bad taste in their mouth, as opposed to feeling motivated to be engaged in the community.
The result of this latest cost from the TCHC is causing some tenants to wonder if the money could have been used to fund repairs and other associated costs, and why an American consultant was used in the first place.
Do you think the TCHC could have used the funds to better support their tenants, or do you think the move was justifiable but the price point is off?
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