Transferring the scattered housing portfolio

Transferring the scattered housing portfolio

Upcoming Information Sessions

Circle Community LandTrust Info Session

This meeting with provide impacted tenants with information on the upcoming transfer of the Circle Community LandTrust on September 30. If you would like to verify if your home is going to Circle Community LandTrust, you can review the full lists here. Tenants impacted will not lose their housing or their subsidy. 

Online Info Sessions

Thursday September 15, 2022
6:30-8:30pm
Call-in number: 647 374 4685
Meeting ID: 824 1630 3681
Passcode: 421519

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Timelines for Transfer of TCHC's Single Family House Portfolio

As part of the City's Tenant First initiative, TCHC was asked to transfer the balance of TCHC's Single Family Homes to non-profit housing providers, co-ops and community land trusts. Single Family Homes refers to TCHC-owned houses that are a single unit or multiple apartments within a house. Following the approval from Council on October 2020Circle Community LandTrust and Neighbourhood Land Trust were selected, agreements for the transfer of these properties were reached in June 2021, and TCHC begun a period of due diligence with both organizations. Tenants living in these properties will not lose their housing or their subsidy. 

On April 2022, all transfers to Neighbourhood Land Trust were complete. Transfers to Circle Community LandTrust have begun and transfers were completed on June 1, July 29, and September 1. Work is underway for the last transfer on September 30. Here is the list of properties being transferred to Circle Community Land Trust, and all the scattered properties that have been transferred to date.

Timelines for Transfer of TCHC's Agency and Rooming Houses

The Tenant First initiative, also directed TCHC to transfer ownership and operation of TCHC's Agency Houses and Rooming Houses to qualified non-profit housing operators. Agency Homes refer to TCHC-owned houses that are currently leased by a non-profit corporation for a housing related purpose. Housing-related purposes include but are not limited to social housing, affordable housing, emergency shelter, transitional housing, providing housing or settlement services for newcomers, and providing housing in a variety of settings to vulnerable residents, including those that require supports. Rooming Houses refer to TCHC-owned houses with shared kitchen and/or washroom, occupied by four or more tenants, each of whom pays an individual rent. Both of these transfers have already begun and will continue throughout 2022. Tenants living in these properties will not lose their housing or their subsidy. 

Why is TCHC transferring these properties?

On January 12, 2018, City Council approved the Implementing Tenants First – Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Scattered Portfolio and an Interim Selection Process for Tenant Directors on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board (PDF) report. The report directed TCHC to:

  • transfer ownership and operation of TCHC's Agency Houses and Rooming Houses to qualified non-profit housing operators with expertise in providing vulnerable tenants, including people with a history of homelessness, with the supports they need for successful tenancies; and

  • transfer the balance of TCHC's scattered portfolio to non-profit housing providers, co-ops and community land trusts that are qualified to engage with tenants, improve the condition of the properties and retain the properties as affordable housing in perpetuity.

The City of Toronto's Tenants First plan is intended to be a benefit for tenants as they will be transferred to a non-profit housing provider that specializes in managing smaller homes and delivering individualized services. The City's process ensures that tenants will not lose their housing or their subsidy.