New laptops through Tech for Success program a welcome boost for TCHC families juggling virtual schoolwork
TORONTO, May 11, 2020—Toronto Community Housing partner Yardi Canada Ltd. has funded new laptops for 20 TCHC families during the pandemic to help students stay up to date with homework and virtual schooling.
Laptops have become a crucial tool this past year, and Toronto Community Housing families with several school-aged children have sometimes found the problem becomes acute. Yardi Canada Ltd.'s contribution provided new Toshiba laptops and backpacks brimming with pens, notebooks and other supplies, in recognition of the difficulty for many students during the pandemic to access supplies as they continued to study from home.
"At Yardi, we are focused on taking care of our clients, taking care of our employees, and taking care of our communities while we stay focused and grow. Participating in the Tech for Success program enabled us to do just that. It was great to see deserving people benefitting from Yardi's donations to the program, knowing the donations were put to valuable and productive use in the community."
– Peter Altobelli, Yardi Canada Inc.
"As many families and students find themselves working and studying from home, the cost of computer equipment can quickly escalate. We very much appreciate Yardi Canada Ltd.'s generous support for the purchase of laptops for families in our TCHC communities."
– TCHC Acting President and CEO Sheila Penny
After-school homework programming, and inexpensive internet connections too
Yardi Canada Ltd., the Canadian office of an international software company which specializes in the real estate sector, is one of many donors who have supported TCHC communities during the pandemic.
Toshania Solomon,TCHC's Supervisor of Program Support and Implementation, says another major source of help for TCHC students has been the virtual after-school programming offered by TCHC's longtime partner Jays Care Foundation.
A free after-school homework support and learning enrichment program, Home Run Scholars, has been offered virtually this past fall and winter in TCHC communities. Toronto Community Housing's Active Living unit has been providing after-school programming, recreation and partnership programs for all TCHC residents.
Families can also take advantage of low-cost internet connections to support virtual learning and recreational programs offered by TCHC. All TCHC rent-geared-to-income households are eligible to receive low-cost monthly internet connection through the Rogers Connected for success.
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing landlord, providing homes for nearly 60,000 low and moderate-income households in neighbourhoods across the city. We are wholly owned by the City of Toronto and our 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.
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