TORONTO, May 23, 2018—Following City Council's approval of the Tenants First report focused on the needs of seniors, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is moving swiftly to create a new Seniors Housing Unit within the organization to manage its seniors-designated buildings.
"We are committed to providing better quality of life and successful tenancies for TCHC seniors—those living in seniors buildings and those living in other buildings—as well as all other tenants. We are supportive of the City's directions in the report. Resultantly, we will immediately begin to put the new Seniors Housing Unit in place," said President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Milsom.
"Although the City's report calls for the Seniors Housing Unit to be operational by 2019, getting it started in 2018 will enable us to continue improving our services in the best interests of our tenants," Milsom said. "We also look forward to working with the City, the Local Health Integration Networks and other service providers in creating an integrated service model to promote aging in place and improve access to services for senior tenants."
Milsom also announced that Joan White will serve as Interim General Manager of the new Seniors Housing Unit while a competition takes place to fill the position permanently. White is currently manager of the Weston-Rexdale operating unit in northwest Toronto. During her career, White has held senior positions with supportive and alternative housing providers. She has been a senior leader in housing organizations that have undergone significant change initiatives.
Joan White Bio
Joan has worked in the not-for-profit housing sector in Toronto for more than 20 years. She has held senior positions with both supportive and alternative housing providers, including Director of Tenant and Member Services at Mainstay Housing and Director of Housing and Development at YWCA Toronto.
She was Manager of Municipal Relations and Member Support for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association before joining Toronto Community Housing in April 2015. Her Operating Unit in Weston-Rexdale is the location for the Tenants First pilot of a decentralized model of service delivery.
Joan has been a senior leader in housing organizations that have undergone significant change initiatives. She has the expertise to support Toronto Community Housing's mission to ensure we provide homes where tenants can live comfortably and with dignity, and to help ensure successful tenancies.
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca
) is Canada's largest social housing provider. We are owned by the City of Toronto and provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in 106 of the city's 144 neighbourhoods. Our 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.