Statement from Toronto Community Housing regarding Lawrence Heights shooting

Statement from Toronto Community Housing regarding Lawrence Heights shooting

October 29, 2012

TORONTO, October 29, 2012 Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones and Board Chair Bud Purves have issued this statement following the shooting that occurred in Lawrence Heights earlier today.

Acts of violence impact the entire community, and we were saddened to learn of this tragic incident. On behalf of all employees and the board of directors at Toronto Community Housing, we want to express our support for the local community in the aftermath of this homicide.

Toronto Community Housing is working closely with Toronto Police Service to assist them with their investigation. Staff are in the community working alongside the city's crisis team to assist residents who require support.

Everyone deserves to live in a safe community. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our residents feel safe in their homes, including redeploying our Community Safety Unit, starting eviction proceedings against individuals living in our communities who are involved in criminal activity, and working with all our community partners to engage youth in positive activities.

We encourage anyone who has information about this incident to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

About Lawrence Heights

Lawrence Heights, located near Allen Road and Lawrence Avenue West, is the largest Toronto Community Housing development. It has more than 1,200 units in a mix of senior buildings, walk-ups, town homes and single-family homes.

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing ( is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes-about six per cent of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing and its subsidiaries employ 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.


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