The city agency that houses Toronto's poorest residents is about to get a little bit...richer.
Earlier today the Toronto Community Housing Corporation announced that it will sell off 22 homes that it owns in various parts of the city.That plan came under some criticism earlier this week. A 79-year-old woman who lives in a TCHC-owned apartment was told she'd have to move - despite an earlier guarantee that she could stay as long as she likes.
That case drew quite a bit of criticism - a state of affairs that's become old hat for the TCHC. Earlier this year, the entire board of directors was forced to quit after an audit showed some pretty embarassing expenditures - on things like boat cruises and massages. Former city councillor Case Ootes was brought in to steer the TCHC until a new board can be assembled. And it was his decision - announced today - to sell those 22 properties...and use the proceeds to make some long-del;ayed repairs to OTHER TCHC properties. We spoke with Case Ootes for more on his decision.