TORONTO – Toronto Community Housing is introducing online tools to battle its massive repair backlog.
TCHC’s new Capital Repair Tracker aims to trim down the agency’s $2.6 billion repair logjam by with real-time monitoring of agency spending, activity and repair progress.
An interactive map allows users to track the progress of any community housing repair projects costing $20,000 or more.
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“The Capital Repairs Tracker shows how quickly, effectively and extensively major repairs to Toronto Community Housing’s aging buildings can be made to improve conditions for residents when appropriate funding is available,” TCHC president and CEO Greg Spearn said in a statement.
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Spearn also warned of a major housing shortfall unless there’s a concrete financial commitment from the provincial and federal government.
“The City of Toronto’s one-third – or $864 million – of the $2.6 billion needed to complete this work will soon run out, so unless the federal government and the province each commit their respective one-third financing, this progress will stop and we will be faced with having to board up as many as 7,500 homes for low-income families by 2023,” Spearn said.
On July 15, a six-person task force, appointed by the mayor, released an interim report aimed addressing pressing problems within the TCHC, including building upkeep, better staff training and improved building safety and security.