Senator Art Eggleton, a former mayor of Toronto and federal cabinet minister, announced a huge list of suggested changes for Toronto Comunity Housing today.
Eggleton led a six volunteer task force appointed by Mayor John Tory to offer advice on how to strengthen and support the delivery of housing to TCHC residents, now and in the future.
Tory chose the task force over a year ago and they heard from over 1,000 tenants and community members, almost 100 different stakeholder groups, officials from the City, the Province and Federal governments, and housing experts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
They came up with a list of recommendations to improve the state of social housing and Mayor Tory says he will get behind most of them.
Eggleton said even if the TCHC’s $2.6B repair backlog is cleared up tomorrow, the operating gap will continue to grow.
Some of the recommendations include having a board of citizen directors and, making the board a non-profit housing corporation. Eggleton says that will develop a customer service culture, give tenants a stronger voice in the governance system, continued public accountability and the potential to increase the TCHC’s borrowing capacity for renovations and new developments by removing it from the debt ceiling limits.
Mayor Tory says part of the changes would include having managers move their offices closer to TCHC buildings.
Mayor Tory says the report will go to the executive committee in two days and he’ll ask it be immediately referred to the city manager to work on an implementation plan.
Tory says he will ask for a report by this spring outlining the city’s approach to implementing the 29 recommendations in the task force report.
The full report can be read here.
I want to thank Senator Eggleton & the Task Force for offering bold solutions to Toronto’s housing crisis. pic.twitter.com/OmumznpRQa
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 26, 2016