Most of the 350 buildings TCHC either owns or manages are between 40 and 50 years old. Is Toronto public housing susceptible to a fire like the one that ravaged Twin Parks?
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is planning door-to-door safety visits after a second fatal fire in Greenwood Towers since December.
Tanisha Pessoa is anxious and frustrated. For a year, she’s wondered if she will soon be forced to move out of her social housing unit in Allenbury Gardens.
“What will I do when I can’t afford the cost of living in my new home?” she asked. “The thought of being displaced because they’re building condos that cost more than my rent, worries me.”
The recent report released by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis has tied improvements to Toronto Community Housing to increased social and economic opportunity.
Section 37 has Toronto City Council fuming over how to spend the $300 million it brings in each year. Some councillors say communities like Scarborough are missing out.
Amtol Ahmed, a mother of two, received notice last July that her family may soon have to move as their home of 10 years, owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), may be sold. “Why [would] the government give [us] a house if they’re going to sell it five to 10 years later?” she says.
Pam Smith says she hopes the scandal surrounding the Toronto Community Housing Corporation doesn’t spur privatization.