Item - 2017.EX24.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on April 26, 2017 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on April 19, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on April 26, 2017.

EX24.8 - Closure of Toronto Community Housing Corporation Units at Firgrove Crescent: Dune Grassway and Blue Grassway-Marsh Grassway

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
7 - York West

City Council Decision

City Council on April 26, 27 and 28, 2017, adopted the following:  

 

1.  City Council, in its capacity as Shareholder of Toronto Community Housing Corporation approve, pursuant to Section 7.4.1 (c) of the City's Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the closure of 134 units at Firgrove Crescent as requested in the letter (March 31, 2017) from the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

 

2.  City Council, in its capacity as Service Manager under the Housing Services Act, 2011 authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to grant Service Manager consent pursuant to Section 7.4.1 (c) of the City's Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to the closure of 134 units at Firgrove Crescent subject to Toronto Community Housing Corporation providing a Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan, to the satisfaction of the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, that describes Toronto Community Housing Corporation's obligations regarding tenant relocation of affected Firgrove Crescent tenants, such plan to include formal consultations with the City's School Boards to take into account the school needs of resident families and to report on the identified needs of resident families and possible accommodations and solutions.

 

3. City Council request the City Manager to ensure that City Council receives ongoing updates on Toronto Community Housing Corporation's ongoing revitalization efforts for the Firgrove Crescent site.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 3, 2017) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Closure of Toronto Community Housing Units at Firgrove Crescent: Dune Grassway and Blue Grassway-Marsh Grassway
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102586.pdf
Attachment 1 - Map of Firgrove
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102565.pdf
Attachment 2 - Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board Resolution from December 8, 2016
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102566.pdf
Attachment 3 - Letter from Toronto Community Housing Chief Executive Officer (interim)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102567.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(April 26, 2017) E-mail from Shannon Holness (CC.New.EX24.8.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That City Council request the City Manager to ensure that City Council receives ongoing updates on Toronto Community Housing Corporation's ongoing revitalization efforts for the Firgrove Crescent site.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-26-2017 7:26 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX24.8 - Mammoliti - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-26-2017 7:28 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX24.8 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie

Point of Privilege by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

Councillor Mammoliti, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that all relevant staff should be available for questions on this Item.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that staff would be available for questions.

EX24.8 - Closure of Toronto Community Housing Corporation Units at Firgrove Crescent: Dune Grassway and Blue Grassway-Marsh Grassway

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
7 - York West

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:  

 

1.  City Council, in its capacity as Shareholder of Toronto Community Housing Corporation approve, pursuant to Section 7.4.1 (c) of the City's Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the closure of 134 units at Firgrove Crescent as requested in the communication from Toronto Community Housing Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer (Interim) dated March 31, 2017.

 

2.  City Council, in its capacity as Service Manager under the Housing Services Act, 2011 authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to grant Service Manager consent pursuant to Section 7.4.1 (c) of the City's Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to the closure of 134 units at Firgrove Crescent subject to Toronto Community Housing Corporation providing a Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan, to the satisfaction of the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, that describes Toronto Community Housing Corporation's obligations regarding tenant relocation of affected Firgrove Crescent tenants, such plan to include formal consultations with the City's School Boards to take into account the school needs of resident families and to report on the identified needs of resident families and possible accommodations and solutions.

Origin

(April 3, 2017) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A

Summary

Toronto Community Housing Corporation's (TCHC) community at Firgrove Crescent includes three blocks of 2-storey and 4-storey townhomes with a total of 236 units built in 1971, a high-rise tower built in 1975, a community centre and a pool. 

 

On December 8, 2016, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board approved the closure of 2 of the 3 blocks of townhomes in the Firgrove community, totalling 134 units (see attached map - Dune Grassway, with 61 units, and Blue Grassway-Marsh Grassway, with 73 units).  The structural integrity of the townhomes on the two blocks is seriously degraded and deteriorating rapidly.  The Board authorised Toronto Community Housing Corporation staff to begin the relocation process for the 108 affected households who currently live in these units.  

 

The City's Shareholder Direction with Toronto Community Housing Corporation requires that Toronto Community Housing Corporation obtain Shareholder and Service Manager consent prior to making material changes in the number or distribution of rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units.


This report seeks Council's approval for the closure of 134 units and the relocation of the households residing in these units in accordance with a City approved Tenant Relocation Assistance and Implementation Plan (TRAIP).

 

The Tenant Relocation Assistance and Implementation Plan will ensure that affected households have the option to relocate to other units within the Toronto Community Housing Corporation portfolio, are provided financial assistance and other supports, and will ensure that any households currently in receipt of rent-geared-to-income assistance will continue to receive that subsidy.

Background Information

(April 3, 2017) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Closure of Toronto Community Housing Units at Firgrove Crescent: Dune Grassway and Blue Grassway-Marsh Grassway
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102586.pdf
Attachment 1 - Map of Firgrove
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102565.pdf
Attachment 2 - Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board Resolution from December 8, 2016
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102566.pdf
Attachment 3 - Letter from Toronto Community Housing Chief Executive Officer (interim)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-102567.pdf

Speakers

Dr. Barry Rieder, Jane Finch Community Ministry
Tiffany Ford, Trustee, Ward 4, Toronto District School Board
Edna Rose, ACORN
Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, Chair, East York ACORN
Andrew Marciniak, Lead Organizer, Toronto ACORN
John Sewell
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Councillor Paula Fletcher

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That Recommendation 2 be amended to read as follows:

 

"2.  City Council, in its capacity as Service Manager under the Housing Services Act, 2011 authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to grant Service Manager consent pursuant to Section 7.4.1 (c) of the City's Shareholder Direction to Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to the closure of 134 units at Firgrove Crescent subject to Toronto Community Housing Corporation providing a Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan, to the satisfaction of the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, that describes Toronto Community Housing Corporation's obligations regarding tenant relocation of affected Firgrove Crescent tenants, such plan to include formal consultations with the City's School Boards to take into account the school needs of resident families and to report on the identified needs of resident families and possible accommodations and solutions."


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council