Council Votes to Sell 22 TCHC Single-Family Homes

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Council Votes to Sell 22 TCHC Single-Family Homes

City Hall Backing a surprise decision made by the Executive Committee last month, city council has just vote 33–10 to sell 22 single family homes owned by Toronto Community Housing. The goal is to use the proceeds from the sale to help alleviate the TCHC’s repair backlog, which outgoing manager Case Ootes recently estimated to be $650 million. The decision was hard-fought, coming after several hours of debate yesterday and further discussion this morning. Opposing councillors raised concerns ranging from the availability of larger homes for families with many children within the TCHC housing stock to worries that selling single-family homes would lead to more income-segregated neighbourhoods. Today’s vote is viewed by many as the first salvo in a much bigger fight over the sale of single-family homes; in his last major act as interim head of the TCHC, Ootes has recommended the sale of 900 further homes.

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