The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People

The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People

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About The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People

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In 2020, Toronto Community Housing established a Confronting Anti-Black (CABR) Strategy team to develop a company-wide confronting anti-Black racism strategy. The strategy aims to identify systemic barriers, provide recommendations to address anti-Black racism issues embedded in Toronto Community Housing's (TCHC) policies, programs, and service delivery, and help create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for tenants and staff.  

The report was approved by the Board of Directors on February 26, 2021. The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People ("The Centre") was established to lead the organization in implementing the CABR Strategy. The Centre officially launched on December 2, 2021. 

What is anti-Black racism?

Anti-Black racism is defined as the policies and practices rooted in Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and/or discrimination directed at people who identify as Black and are part of the African diaspora. Anti-Black racism continues to be rooted in Canadian institutions, policies and practices to the point where it is normalized or invisible to the general population. 

For our purposes, it is how Blackness impacts your experience as a Black person living in TCHC. As an employer and a social housing provider, Toronto Community Housing must acknowledge and address systemic barriers affecting tenants and staff. 

By taking action, we are working towards becoming a more inclusive employer and social housing provider.

Centre Community Funds

The Centre Community funds are resources available to tenants and tenant groups to fund projects and initiatives that respond to the CABR Strategy’s Eight-Point Plan. The deadline to apply is November 26, 2021.

Visit the Centre Community Funds page to learn more, including how to apply. 

Resources


Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board

Do you want to help build your community? The CABR Strategy team is looking for tenants and staff to join the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board. This group will serve as an accountability group to support the Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People and Toronto Community Housing in advancing the CABR strategy. 

Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board will:
  • Provide oversight and ensure accountability on the delivery of the CABR strategy
  • Liaise with community stakeholders
  • Report to relevant stakeholders on the progress of the strategy

You can download a copy of the poster (PDF) for more information about the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board. 

Applications for the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board are open. If you have any questions about the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board, please email The Centre team at TheCentre@torontohousing.ca.

Get involved

We must all take a role in shaping the CABR strategy and identifying and eliminating systemic barriers at Toronto Community Housing.

The CABR Strategy Team plans to engage with Black tenants through various channels, including WebEx sessions, phone calls, online submissions and other tools that work for tenants.

If you're a Black tenant looking for more information on how you can get involved or if you want to host a session in your community, you can contact The Centre team at TheCentre@torontohousing.ca

The Centre news and updates

Board reports and presentations

Contacts

General inquiries

Email: TheCentre@torontohousing.ca 

Tenant inquires 

Esther Obotha, Resolution Coordinator, The Centre

Staff inquires
Juman Abujbara, Human Rights and Diversity Specialist, The Centre 

For inquiries not related to The Centre or the CABR strategy, please contact Client Care Centre at help@torontohousing.ca​ or 416-981-5500. 

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