Statements from Toronto Community Housing on the Mayor’s Task Force Final Report

Statements from Toronto Community Housing on the Mayor’s Task Force Final Report

January 26, 2016

​​Bud Purves, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Greg Spearn, President and Chief Executive Officer (Interim), have both issued statements today in response to the release of the Mayor's Task Force final report.

Statement from Bud Purves:

"The Task Force report highlights Toronto Community Housing's long-standing challenges and the significant hurdles faced by the TCHC board in its oversight of a corporation that is underfunded and under-resourced. The Task Force's insights will help the board as we continue our efforts to strengthen Toronto Community Housing's performance to better meet the housing needs of residents, and improve the corporation's transparency and accountability.

"We look forward to receiving City Council direction on how it will move forward to transform Toronto Community Housing. In the meantime, the board remains dedicated to its work of driving solutions that continuously improve the housing and services that we provide residents and the value we provide to the City."

Statement from Greg Spearn:

"The Task Force report recognizes that our major challenges are 30 years in the making and that our organization in its current form is unsustainable. It also provides a wide-ranging vision to address these challenges. We welcome this vision, as well as the Task Force's call for all stakeholders to come to the table to make Toronto Community Housing the best it can be.

"Our team looks forward to working with the City as it reviews the report and determines how best to transform Toronto Community Housing. As this work proceeds, we will maintain our focus on rolling out year four of our 10-year capital repair program, enhancing service delivery to our residents and strengthening our business performance, guided in part by the strategic directions set by our board as well as the insights and recommendations of the Task Force.

"We thank Mayor Tory for creating the Task Force. It has been a catalyst for realistically addressing our challenges and mapping a path to true sustainability. We thank Senator Eggleton and the Task Force members, particularly TCHC resident Muna Mohammed, who is a long-serving Tenant Representative and a strong advocate for her community. We appreciate the countless hours the Task Force spent studying our company to understand us, and consulting on how best to strengthen and support our essential role in the city. The 110,000 residents of our housing, their neighbours and all Torontonians will benefit from their efforts."