Item - 2018.EX30.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on January 31, 2018 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on January 24, 2018 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on January 31, 2018.
  • See also Item MM38.3

EX30.2 - Implementing Tenants First - Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Scattered Portfolio Plan and an Interim Selection Process for Tenant Directors on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on January 31 and February 1, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Board of Directors, Toronto Community Housing Corporation to instruct its Chief Executive Officer to work with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to initiate a process, satisfactory to the Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to transfer ownership of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Agency House and Rooming House portfolio to non-profit corporations, ensuring that:

 

a.  the portfolio is maintained for its current housing purposes;

 

b.  the portfolio continues to be operated by non-profit corporations;

 

c.  any transferred asset will revert to the City in the event of any future transfers to a transferee that is not a non-profit or any change in use;

 

d.  the transaction is structured to support the result of an aggregate net neutral financial impact to Toronto Community Housing Corporation following transfer of the ownership of the entire portfolio;

 

e.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation Agency Houses, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, are to be offered to interested and qualified existing operators at a value determined by a formula that considers the outstanding mortgage on the entire Agency House portfolio and the assessed value of the individual house; and

 

f.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation Rooming Houses, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, are to be transferred to qualified and interested operators at a value through a Request for Proposals process based on criteria contained in Appendix 2 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A.

 

2.  City Council, acting as Shareholder, consent to transfer all properties referenced in Part 1 above according to Section 7.3 (e) of the Shareholder Direction.

 

3.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, to provide, on behalf of the City acting as Service Manager under the Housing Services Act, consents pursuant to subsection 161 (2) and 162(2) of the Housing Services Act, as required, to transfers by Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and to mortgages by transferees, subject to such terms and conditions that the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, considers reasonable and necessary to carry out City Council's decision, including, without limitation, compliance with the Housing Services Act and the Service Manager's local rules; rent; the operation of the housing project; funding; reporting and accountability; the mandate and target tenants for the housing project; and tenant supports.

 

4.  City Council direct the Board of Directors, Toronto Community Housing Corporation to instruct its Chief Executive Officer to work with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to  jointly issue a Request for Proposals in 2018 to transfer the remaining scattered housing portfolio, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, including those not addressed in Part 1, above; results and recommendations of the Request for Proposals are to be considered by Council along with a full risk and financial assessment of the transfer.

 

5.  City Council adopt an interim process to appoint tenant representatives to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board for the 2018-2020 Board term, consistent with the current Public Appointments Policy as follows:

 

a.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation to conduct outreach and promotion to Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenants inviting applications for appointment to the Board of Directors;

 

b.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation and City staff will hold information sessions for tenants interested in appointment to the Board of Directors;

 

c.  the City Clerk's Office will take in applications and screen candidates for eligibility; and

 

d.  a selection panel composed of two City staff and one Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenant appointed by the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, will shortlist, interview and recommend candidates to the Corporations Nominating Panel for appointment by City Council including addressing any vacancies as they arise.

 

6.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Executive Director, Human Resources to consult with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and labour representatives regarding employment issues, including impacts on pensions, collective agreements, any consideration pursuant to the Employment Standards Act, and other relevant labour and employment statues, with the objective of eliminating labour relations impacts arising from the transfer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation units to the non-profit housing sector.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 9, 2018) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Implementing Tenants First - Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Scattered Portfolio Plan and an Interim Selection Process for Tenant Directors on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110702.pdf
Appendix 1 - List of Scattered Portfolio properties
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110924.pdf
Appendix 2 - Proposed Transfer Plan for Rooming Houses and Agency Houses
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110925.pdf
Appendix 3 - Community Land Trust overview
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110926.pdf
Appendix 4 - Toronto Community Housing Corporation Mandate Overview
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110927.pdf
Appendix 5 - Pilot Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110928.pdf
Appendix 6 - Additional Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110929.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 21, 2018) E-mail from Robert Frederickson (EX.Supp.EX30.2.2)
(January 21, 2018) Letter from Catherine Wilkinson, Sitting Tenant Director, Toronto Community Housing Tenant (EX.Supp.EX30.2.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78170.pdf
(January 23, 2018) Letter from David Walsh, Director, Our Homes Toronto Association (EX.Supp.EX30.2.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78205.pdf
(January 23, 2018) Letter from Clive E Williams, Chair In-Transition, Independent Tenant Self Help Foundation (ITSHF) (EX.Supp.EX30.2.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78200.pdf
(January 24, 2018) Letter from David Mitchell, President, CUPE Local 79 (EX.New.EX30.2.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78209.pdf
(January 24, 2018) E-mail from Marcel Pereira, Founder, Save Improved Toronto Community Housing Corporation (EX.New.EX30.2.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78216.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jan-31-2018 10:27 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX30.2 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, 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, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Jim Hart, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Jim Hart - as his wife is an employee of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

EX30.2 - Implementing Tenants First - Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Scattered Portfolio Plan and an Interim Selection Process for Tenant Directors on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation to instruct its Chief Executive Officer to work with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to initiate a process, satisfactory to the Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to transfer ownership of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Agency House and Rooming House portfolio to non-profit corporations, ensuring that:

 

a.  the portfolio is maintained for its current housing purposes;

 

b.  the portfolio continues to be operated by non-profit corporations;

 

c.  any transferred asset will revert to the City in the event of any future transfers to a transferee that is not a non-profit or any change in use;

 

d.  the transaction is structured to support the result of an aggregate net neutral financial impact to Toronto Community Housing Corporation following transfer of the ownership of the entire portfolio;

 

e.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation Agency Houses, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, are to be offered to interested and qualified existing operators at a value determined by a formula that considers the outstanding mortgage on the entire Agency House portfolio and the assessed value of the individual house; and

 

f.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation Rooming Houses, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, are to be transferred to qualified and interested operators at a value through a Request for Proposals process based on criteria contained in Appendix 2 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A.

 

2.  City Council acting as Shareholder consent to transfer all properties referenced in Recommendation 1 according to Section 7.3 (e) of the Shareholder Direction.

 

3.  City Council authorize the General Manager of Shelter Support and Housing Administration (SSHA), to provide, on behalf of the City acting as Service Manager under the Housing Services Act (HSA), consents pursuant to subsection 161 (2) and 162(2) of the Housing Services Act, as required, to transfers by Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and to mortgages by transferees, subject to such terms and conditions that the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, considers reasonable and necessary to carry out the recommendations adopted by City Council, including, without limitation, compliance with the Housing Services Act and the Service Manager's local rules; rent; the operation of the housing project; funding; reporting and accountability; the mandate and target tenants for the housing project; and tenant supports.

 

4.  City Council direct the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation to instruct its Chief Executive Officer to work with the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to  jointly issue a Request for Proposals (RFPs) in 2018 to transfer the remaining scattered housing portfolio, listed in Appendix 1 to the report (January 12, 2018) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, including those not addressed in Recommendation 1. Results and recommendations of the Request for Proposals are to be considered by Council along with a full risk and financial assessment of the transfer.

 

5.  City Council adopt an interim process to appoint tenant representatives to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board for the 2018-2020 Board term, consistent with the current Public Appointments Policy as follows:

 

a.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to conduct outreach and promotion to TCHC tenants inviting applications for appointment to the Board of Directors;

 

b.  Toronto Community Housing Corporation and City staff will hold information sessions for tenants interested in appointment to the Board of Directors;

 

c.  the City Clerk's Office will take in applications and screen candidates for eligibility; and

 

d.  a selection panel composed of two City staff and one Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenant appointed by the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, will shortlist, interview and recommend candidates to the Corporations Nominating Panel for appointment by City Council including addressing any vacancies as they arise.

 

6.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Executive Director, Human Resources to consult with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and labour representatives regarding employment issues, including impacts on pensions, collective agreements, any consideration pursuant to the Employment Standards Act, and other relevant labour and employment statues, with the objective of eliminating labour relations impacts arising from the transfer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation units to the non-profit housing sector.

Origin

(January 12, 2018) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A

Summary

In July 2017, City Council approved Tenants First: Phase 1 Implementation Plan to restructure the operation, governance and funding of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).

 

This report outlines the next set of recommendations to implement the Phase 1 Implementation Plan.  In the second quarter of 2018 a report on the steps required in the creation of a Seniors Housing and Services Entity will be presented for Council consideration.

 

Proposed actions are summarized below:

 

Action 1 - Transfer ownership and operation of Toronto Community Housing Corporation'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.

 

Action 2 - Transfer the balance of Toronto Community Housing Corporation'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.

 

Action 3 - Ensure effective governance and facilitate ongoing tenant representation by implementing an interim process to appoint Tenant Directors to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board, ensuring a tenant voice in the governance of Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

 

The recommendations in this report and the steps proposed are designed to improve and transform the delivery of housing and services to the 110,000 residents who live in the City’s diverse housing portfolio. 

 

At the same time it is recognized and recommended that many of the changes require multi-year planning and implementation.

 

To be successful in implementing the proposed recommendations it is also essential that there be ongoing active participation from Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenants and staff, City residents, non-profit organizations, City Divisions, as well as other orders of government.

Background Information

(January 9, 2018) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Implementing Tenants First - Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Scattered Portfolio Plan and an Interim Selection Process for Tenant Directors on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110702.pdf
Appendix 1 - List of Scattered Portfolio properties
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110924.pdf
Appendix 2 - Proposed Transfer Plan for Rooming Houses and Agency Houses
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110925.pdf
Appendix 3 - Community Land Trust overview
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110926.pdf
Appendix 4 - Toronto Community Housing Corporation Mandate Overview
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110927.pdf
Appendix 5 - Pilot Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110928.pdf
Appendix 6 - Additional Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-110929.pdf

Communications

(January 21, 2018) E-mail from Robert Frederickson (EX.Supp.EX30.2.2)
(January 21, 2018) Letter from Catherine Wilkinson, Sitting Tenant Director, Toronto Community Housing Tenant (EX.Supp.EX30.2.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78170.pdf
(January 23, 2018) Letter from David Walsh, Director, Our Homes Toronto Association (EX.Supp.EX30.2.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78205.pdf
(January 23, 2018) Letter from Clive E Williams, Chair In-Transition, Independent Tenant Self Help Foundation (ITSHF) (EX.Supp.EX30.2.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78200.pdf
(January 24, 2018) Letter from David Mitchell, President, CUPE Local 79 (EX.New.EX30.2.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78209.pdf
(January 24, 2018) E-mail from Marcel Pereira, Founder, Save Improved Toronto Community Housing Corporation (EX.New.EX30.2.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-78216.pdf

Speakers

Marcel Pereira
Ingrid Palmer , Tenant's First Panel
Doris Power, Tenants First Panel
Karlene Speer, Tenants First Panel
Catherine Wilkinson, Sitting Director, Toronto Community Housing
Robert Frederickson
Miguel Avila-Velarde, Leader, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Susan Gapka
Anne Woolger, Founding Director, Matthew House Refugee
Councillor Lucy Troisi
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Paula Flectcher
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Patricia Duck

Motions

Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Executive Director, Human Resources to consult with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and labour representatives regarding employment issues, including impacts on pensions, collective agreements, any consideration pursuant to the Employment Standards Act, and other relevant labour and employment statues, with the objective of eliminating labour relations impacts arising from the transfer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation units to the non-profit housing sector.  


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council