On May 22, 2018, City Council approved the report, Implementing Tenants First – Creating a Seniors Housing Unit at Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Transitioning Towards a Seniors Housing and Services Entity at the City. The report directed TCHC to create an interim Seniors Housing Unit at TCHC that is responsible for implementing the integrated service model for seniors housing and to have oversight of TCHC's seniors building portfolio.
In May 2018, TCHC created an Interim Seniors Housing Unit with a separate management structure that reports directly to the CEO. The mandate of the Interim Seniors Housing Unit includes managing TCHC's portfolio of 83 seniors-designated buildings and working with the City of Toronto, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to design and implement a new integrated service model for seniors housing. The model will promote aging in place, better quality of life and successful tenancies for all TCHC seniors.
Implementing the integrated service model for seniors
The objective for the integrated service model for seniors focuses on:
- increasing access to supports and delivering wrap-around services that meet tenants' range of needs;
- ensuring that appropriate supports are in place for seniors; and
- developing seniors hubs in TCHC seniors-designated buildings
The purpose of the integrated service model is to improve access to services for all seniors, better coordinate services provided to seniors by public and private organizations, and better align seniors-focused programs delivered by the City of Toronto, the provincial government and the federal government.
A working group that includes the City of Toronto, TCHC and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network is responsible for the design and implementation of the integrated service model for seniors.