STOP PUBLIC HOUSING PRIVATIZATION IN ONTARIO:
The following appeal is from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).
Statement from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty www.ocap.ca
In a move that falls in line with the plans of Rob Ford, Toronto CommunityHousing is looking to sell off close to 1000 homes. The money raised in the sale would, we are told, go to meet the $600 million repair bill that years of neglect have created in public housing owned and operated by the City of Toronto. The sell off will involve ‘stand alone’ homes throughout the City.
Tens of thousands of desperate people sit on the 10 years’ long waiting list for rent geared to income housing in this City and the housing authority is now looking to sell off a major portion of this precious resource. Displaced tenants will have to be moved into units presently standing idle, that will be renovated with the money from the sale. This will mean that few people on the waiting list will get housed while the stock of public housing is reduced massively.
As bad as this move is, for Rob Ford and his allies, this is only a first move. They will carry on until public housing is entirely privatized.
This attack is a major part of an austerity agenda to destroy public services in Toronto and it has to be fought. TCH tenants and their allies must mobilize to stop the sale and defend their homes.
On Friday, October 21, from 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM, the TCH Board is meeting at their main offices at 931 Yonge Street. A call has been issued for people to make deputations to the Board by Tenants for Social Housing which we are including with this statement. However, it is beyond doubt that the fight will continue beyond this Friday and a serious and determined struggle on this vital issue will have to be taken up.
Join Toronto Stop the Cuts Network in the fight-back against city cuts!
Join a neighborhood committee or start a new one! www.torontostopthecuts.com
Join with the Tenants for Social Housing - We Are Not for Sale Mobilization:
Stop the Sell Off of Social Housing - We are Not for Sale!
Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board Meeting
THIS Friday October 21, 9 am to 2 pm 931 Yonge Street
TCHC will be recommending the sale of your home and over 1,000 more at a Board meeting on Friday, October 21. We still have a chance to stop the sale of our homes and the dismantling of our communities!
• Register to make a deputation at the Board meeting by firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-981-4232 before October 21,2011.
• Send TCHC CEO Len Koroneos an email at email@example.com today and let him know that you do not support the sale of our homes! Join tenants at the Board meeting and let TCHC know that We’re Not For Sale!
Link for the report: http://www.torontohousing.ca/webfm_send/7677/1?#