Item - 2014.CD30.10

Tracking Status

CD30.10 - Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to implement a choice based system for the selection of households for vacant rent-geared-to-income units, such that the highest priority household will be selected for a vacant rent-geared-to-income unit from among the applicant households that express interest within a specified time period, after information about the vacant rent-geared-to-income unit has been made available to all eligible households.

 

2.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to revise Local Occupancy Standards for rent-geared-to-income assistance as described in Appendix A to the report (June 11, 2014) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

 

3.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to revise the social housing provider mandate policy as described in Appendix B to the report (June 11, 2014) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

 

4.         City Council authorize the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to take steps to integrate the administration of access to rent-geared-to-income housing with administration of other housing benefits and supports, and other income-tested human services by:

 

a.         developing an integrated service delivery model for intake and eligibility determination for rent-geared-to-income assistance, housing allowances  and other housing and related City-administered human services;

 

b.         transforming the centralized waiting list system into a multi-service housing registry as a component of the integrated human services delivery model; and

 

c.         working with Toronto Community Housing to develop a transition plan for the integrated service delivery model that acknowledges and protects the interests of Toronto Community Housing staff, service partners, applicants and residents.

 

5.         City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to Council in March 2015, through the Community Development and Recreation Committee, with an update on the review of the centralized waiting list for social housing and the implementation of a single date.

 

6.          City Council request the Province to replace the Special Priority Housing Category with long-term funding for a specialized program to provide rent supplements and appropriate supports that better meet the housing needs of victims of domestic abuse.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 11, 2014) Report and Appendices A and B from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on the Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70513.pdf
Presentation on the Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70990.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to Council in March 2015, through the Community Development and Recreation Committee, with an update on the review of the centralized waiting list for social housing and the implementation of a single date.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-10-2014 7:40 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD30.10 - Carroll - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-10-2014 7:40 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD30.10 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz

CD30.10 - Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to implement a choice based system for the selection of households for vacant rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units, such that the highest priority household will be selected for a vacant RGI unit from among the applicant households that express interest within a specified time period, after information about the vacant RGI unit has been made available to all eligible households;

 

2.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to revise Local Occupancy Standards for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance as described in Appendix A of the report (June 11, 2014) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration;

 

3.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to revise the social housing provider mandate policy as described in the attached Appendix B of the report (June 11, 2014) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration;

 

4.         City Council authorize the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to take steps to integrate the administration of access to rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing with administration of other housing benefits and supports, and other income-tested human services by:

 

a.         developing an integrated service delivery model for intake and eligibility determination for RGI assistance, housing allowances  and other housing and related City-administered human services;

 

b.         transforming the centralized waiting list system into a multi-service housing registry as a component of the integrated human services delivery model;

 

c.         working with Toronto Community Housing to develop a transition plan for the integrated service delivery model that acknowledges and protects the interests of Toronto Community Housing staff, service partners, applicants and residents; and

 

5.         City Council request the Province to replace the Special Priority Housing Category with long-term funding for a specialized program to provide rent supplements and appropriate supports that better meet the housing needs of victims of domestic abuse.

Origin

(June 11, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

In April 2013, Council approved recommendations from the first phase of a review of the social housing waiting list system, including future directions for improving access to housing services in Toronto.

 

Over the past year, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) staff undertook the second phase of the review, including the following work completed in collaboration with City staff, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and community partners:

 

-           Community consultations with applicants, service providers and the public.

-           A pilot choice based system, called "My Choice Rental," to improve access to rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing.

-           Updates and changes to local rules for social housing, including occupancy standards, mandates and the method for ranking applications.

 

The recommendations in this report are intended to ensure that households in need are able to access available housing services in an efficient, transparent and equitable manner.

 

In addition to recommendations for the centralized waiting list for RGI assistance, this report provides a model for integrating access to a range of housing and related services in Toronto. This model will be implemented in coordination with related cross-divisional service initiatives and with the key actions identified in the 2014-2019 Housing Stability Service Planning Framework approved by Council in December 2013.

Background Information

(June 11, 2014) Report and Appendices A and B from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on the Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70513.pdf
Presentation on the Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70990.pdf

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council