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April 3, 2012

Councillor Bailão announces start-up of housing review
  
Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Chair of the City's Affordable Housing Committee, today announced the start of housing consultations to investigate innovative solutions and new partnerships to address the repair needs of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and the future of its single-family homes.

The consultations arise out of Toronto City Council's endorsement of a special working group to investigate alternatives to the sale of 619 occupied TCHC single-family homes. Toronto City Council also requested advice on innovative financial strategies to fund the social housing repair backlog and a strategy to engage the federal and provincial governments in providing long-term, sustainable funding to meet Toronto's affordable housing needs.

Members of the special working group are:
• Councillor Ana Bailão, Chair
• Alan Redway - former Conservative MP and cabinet minister and former Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank
• Jim Pimblett -Management Consultant and former Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Paul Martin
• Bud Purves - Chair, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board

"I am proud to be working with such an experienced team to meet the significant challenges we face. We will be working very hard at exploring innovative solutions and new partnerships to maintain as much affordable housing as possible," said Councillor Bailão."Through our consultations we will seek out the best advice from the private sector, community stakeholders, non-profit organizations and the public. This includes hearing directly from the residents of homes proposed for sale."

She said that the solution does not rest solely with the City of Toronto.

"As Chair, I will work in the weeks and months ahead to engage the provincial and federal governments in contributing their ideas and resources. I'm committed to developing a plan that everyone can support - especially our government partners," Councillor Bailão said.

The consultation process will include:
• a survey of residents of single-family homes
• public input through meetings and a now active e-mail: yourvoice@toronto.ca
• a workshop with private sector and non-profit housing experts, and other organizational stakeholders

The working group will deliver its first report on May 28 to the Affordable Housing Committee and a final report to the Executive Committee on September 10.

For more information about the consultation process and the special working group please check for updates at http://www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing.

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Media Contact
Gil Hardy
Affordable Housing Office
416-397-4701
ghardy@toronto.ca

Braden Root-McCaig
Executive Assistant,
Councillor Ana Bailão
416-338-5274
brootmc@toronto.ca

 

 

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