Item - 2013.EX35.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 13, 2013 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on October 30, 2013 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on November 13, 2013.

EX35.3 - Putting People First - Moving Forward

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 13, 14, 15 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council endorse the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' efforts to work with the Government of Canada to ensure federally-funded social housing programs are maintained and expiring funding from existing agreements is reinvested into social housing.

 

2.         City Council urge the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to expedite the work of the "Working Group on Expiring Social Housing Agreements" with the aim of providing solutions to support the repair and ongoing vitality of social housing.

 

3.         City Council request the City Manager, as part of the 2014 report on the 10-Year Capital Financing Plan, to report on the progress of the Toronto Community Housing/City "Planning and Development Steering Committee" on the redevelopment and revitalization of Toronto Community Housing sites.

 

4.         City Council request Toronto Community Housing to report annually to the shareholder beginning in 2014, on the results of the organizational review and the creation of a specialized unit with responsibility for single-family homes.

 

5.         City Council request Toronto Community Housing to report annually to the shareholder beginning in 2014, on efforts to partner with other organizations to further provide affordable ownership opportunities to Toronto Community Housing residents and qualifying families.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 16, 2013) Report with Appendix A, from the City Manager on Putting People First - Moving Forward
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-62810.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Presentation by the City Manager on Toronto Community Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63091.pdf
(October 16, 2013) Report from the City Manager on Putting People First - Moving Forward - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-62870.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 28, 2013) E-mail from Peter Clarke (EX.New.EX35.3.1)
(October 30, 2013) E-mail from Wallace Simpson (EX.New.EX35.3.2)

EX35.3 - Putting People First - Moving Forward

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council endorse the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' efforts to work with the Government of Canada to ensure federally-funded social housing programs are maintained and expiring funding from existing agreements is reinvested into social housing.

 

2.         City Council urge the federal/provincial/territorial governments to expedite the work of the "Working Group on Expiring Social Housing Agreements" with the aim of providing solutions to support the repair and ongoing vitality of social housing.

 

3.         City Council request the City Manager, as part of the 2014 report on the 10-Year Capital Financing Plan, to report on the progress of the Toronto Community Housing/City "Planning and Development Steering Committee" on the redevelopment and revitalization of Toronto Community Housing sites.

 

4.         City Council request Toronto Community Housing to report annually to the shareholder beginning in 2014, on the results of the organizational review and the creation of a specialized unit with responsibility for single-family homes.

 

5.         City Council request Toronto Community Housing to report annually to the shareholder beginning in 2014, on efforts to partner with other organizations to further provide affordable ownership opportunities to Toronto Community Housing residents and qualifying families.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The City Manager made a presentation to the Executive Committee on the Toronto Community Housing Reports:

 

-           EX35.3 - Putting People First – Moving Forward

-           EX35.4 - A Ten-Year Capital Financing Plan for Toronto Community Housing

-           EX35.5 - Amended and Restated Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Origin

(October 16, 2013) Report from the City Manager

Summary

One year ago Toronto City Council considered the report Putting People First, Transforming Toronto Community Housing which had been prepared by the Special Housing Working Group chaired by Councillor Ana Bailão.

 

At the time, Council approved a series of actions and requested the City Manager to further report to Council on some specific initiatives, including the development of a longer-term financing plan for Toronto Community Housing (TCH).

 

This report provides a one-year status update on some of the major recommendations of the Putting People First report.  This report is a companion to the report "A Ten-Year Capital Financing Plan for TCH". During the past year there has been important progress toward putting TCH on a sounder financial footing so it can better tackle its growing capital repair needs. 

 

In the short term, working together the City and TCH have arranged to successfully unlock $93.5 million in capital repair funding through mortgage refinancing and will achieve $65 million through the approved sale of assets.  In short, some $158.5 million has been identified for capital repairs just 12 months after Putting People First was adopted by Council.

 

This is just the beginning.  Moving forward there is significant work yet to be accomplished.  As the companion report "A Ten-Year Capital Financing Plan for TCH" makes clear, there are significant challenges ahead in securing the necessary funding required to meet the growing capital repair needs of TCH.

 

This report specifically reviews work underway in follow-up to the Putting People First report and makes recommendations concerning:

 

-           re-engaging the federal and provincial governments in paying their fair share for capital repairs;

-           achieving results from TCH's revitalization efforts;

-           investigation of investment opportunities such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs); and

-           management of TCH single family homes, including diversification to ownership.

 

In addition, the report addresses motions by councillors which were referred to the City Manager for consideration. These are attached as Appendix A – Update on City Council Member Motions.

 

Most important, the city with TCH and its partners must continue to press the federal and provincial governments to pay their fair share of sustainable funding for TCH's capital repairs.  The decision some 15 years ago to download social housing was short-sighted and unsustainable. 

 

As the City and TCH take significant steps forward through the two and 10-year financing plans it is essential that the federal and provincial governments join our effort.  The residents of TCH and the people of Toronto deserve nothing less. 

Background Information

(October 16, 2013) Report with Appendix A, from the City Manager on Putting People First - Moving Forward
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-62810.pdf
(October 30, 2013) Presentation by the City Manager on Toronto Community Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63091.pdf
(October 16, 2013) Report from the City Manager on Putting People First - Moving Forward - Notice of Pending Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-62870.pdf

Communications

(October 28, 2013) E-mail from Peter Clarke (EX.New.EX35.3.1)
(October 30, 2013) E-mail from Wallace Simpson (EX.New.EX35.3.2)

Speakers

Wallace Simpson (Submission Filed)
Susan Gapka
Councillor Ana Bail„o
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Councillor Pam McConnell
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Councillor Gord Perks
Councillor Adam Vaughan

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Norman Kelly (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-30-2013

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adopt - Motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford (Chair), Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council