Toronto Community Housing launches ReSet program to deliver faster, less disruptive and lower-cost capital repairs

Toronto Community Housing launches ReSet program to deliver faster, less disruptive and lower-cost capital repairs

September 25, 2015

​Summary:

Mayor John Tory, Toronto Community Housing President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn, Toronto’s Housing Advocate Councillor Ana Bailao and resident leaders today announced the launch of ReSet, an innovative approach to capital repairs being piloted in three communities with nearly 900 households.

September 25, 2015​
TORONTO - Mayor John Tory, Toronto Community Housing President and CEO (Interim) Greg Spearn, Toronto's Housing Advocate Councillor Ana Bailao and resident leaders today announced the launch of ReSet, an innovative approach to capital repairs being piloted in three communities with nearly 900 households. The three communities are Firgrove in Ward 7-York West, Lawrence Orton in Ward 43-Scarborough-Guildwood and Queensway Windermere in Ward 13-Parkdale High Park.

As part of Toronto Community Housing's 10-year, $2.6-billion capital plan approved by City Council, the ReSet program will bundle multiple capital repair jobs in each community and deliver them as one project, resulting in cost savings, faster repairs and safer communities. This new approach will reduce the impact and length of construction on residents. By reducing costs, Toronto Community Housing's limited capital repair dollars can be stretched further, allowing for more significant repairs and community improvements than the current component-by-component approach.

To maximize benefits from ReSet, residents will be engaged in planning and design throughout the process. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles will guide improvements to create safer communities. ReSet will include a full review to determine which programs and services are available to residents based on community needs. Toronto Community Housing will work closely with residents and community groups to match services with needs, ensure that common and ground floor spaces are put to the best use for everyone, and that residents have a voice throughout the process.

With strong support from the City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing has ramped up capital repair investments from $68 million in 2013 to $128 million in 2014 and $175 million in 2015, and plans to invest at least $200 million in 2016. Funding for the three pilot projects will be delivered as part of the 2016 capital plan.

ReSet applies new thinking and a new approach to delivering capital repairs. Once the 10-year, $2.6-billion capital repair plan is fully funded, ReSet is how Toronto Community Housing will "reset the clock" on the condition of aging buildings in need of repair, while improving living conditions for tens of thousands of residents across Toronto over the next eight years.

Quotes

"All of us have the right to live in a clean home and feel safe and secure in our communities. The ReSet approach is about providing the basic standards of living for our most vulnerable citizens in a way that makes sense. This new approach will finally allow the focus to be on the residents and on the buildings they live in. The people living in Toronto Community Housing will begin to see a real change in their housing and quality of life."
- Mayor John Tory
City of Toronto

"ReSet will deliver transformative change for communities in desperate need of significant capital investments, while at the same time delivering cost savings for Toronto Community Housing and limiting disruptions for residents. Too many of our communities have slid into a state of critical disrepair after more than a decade of underfunding. With ReSet we can reverse this trend and preserve our housing for another generation."
-Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim),
Toronto Community Housing

"I am excited that the ReSet program will engage Toronto Community Housing residents while providing quicker, less disruptive and significant capital repairs to their communities. With new investment from the provincial and federal governments, I am confident that we can make the ReSet program a reality in Toronto Community Housing buildings across Toronto."
-Councillor Ana Bailao
Toronto's Housing Advocate

"This is an exciting example of a project that is happening in York West which will have many benefits for the residents who live here. I am happy to join Mayor Tory and Councillor Bailão in support of this project in our community."
-Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti
Ward 7, York West

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About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest provider of social housing, delivering homes for nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. By working to provide clean, safe, well-maintained and affordable housing, Toronto Community Housing builds better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all.

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