Letter to the editor re: state of good repair strategy

Letter to the editor re: state of good repair strategy

November 30, 2011

Toronto Star One Yonge Street Toronto, ON M5E 1E6 To the editor, In his recent column (�Sale of houses hurts tenants�), Joe Fiorito fails to mention Toronto Community Housing�s commitment to taking care of tenants who currently live in houses that would be sold. Before houses are offered for sale, we will work with each affected tenant to find suitable housing elsewhere in our portfolio, taking into account the needs of families, children, seniors, the disabled and the vulnerable. We will provide adequate notice and pay all moving costs. We are also working with agencies, such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, to find solutions that maintain their ability to provide services to our tenants. Our plan considers the needs of all our tenants. Doing nothing is not an option: we must act. We have 164,000 tenants living in buildings that need $650 million in capital repairs. We propose to sell 706 properties that are costly to operate and maintain to raise $300 million to pay for repairs that will create better places to live for the vast majority of our tenants. We are tackling this problem in a way that does the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. Sincerely, (original signed) Len Koroneos Chief Executive Officer (interim) Toronto Community Housing