Toronto Community Housing
We previously reported how, on October 3, an OCAP delegation went to the head offices of Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) to challenge a huge injustice the family was facing. Nadir Ali was living by himself in Canada after arriving here from Sudan and he obtained a bachelor TCH unit. When his wife and child were able to join him, they had no option but to live together in an overcrowded situation. TCH took the position that only Nadir could stay and that the other two family members would have to go to a homeless shelter until, at some point in the future, a two bedroom unit became available. When the family refused to be separated, they were threatened with eviction and, then, a massive rent increase they could not possibly afford.
On October 3, a line of cops waited for us in front of the plush Rosedale headquarters of TCHC and its management refused to meet with anyone other than Nadir, denying him any representation. Despite this outrageous behaviour, TCHC did not carry out any of its threats and, last week, the family signed a lease of a two bedroom TCH unit in an area of their choice. The courage of these people and the support mobilized on their behalf made all the difference in keeping them housed and together as a family.
If you are having a problem with OW/ODSP, are being denied benefits,
are having trouble with your landlord or TCHC, give us a call:
416-925-6939 and let's fight back together.