Jun 06, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is under fire from Toronto`s ombudsman.
Fiona Crean’s report says the social housing agency is needlessly evicting vulnerable seniors despite promises it made after Al Gosling’s shocking death in 2009.
Crean says T- C – H- C staff failed to counsel some elderly tenants face-to-face – about falling behind in their rent – before kicking them out of their homes in 2011 and 2012.
The death of a senior resident is alleged to be connected to that resident’s eviction.
That appears to echo the Gosling situation. He’s the 82-year-old man evicted from his subsidized bachelor apartment in June 2009 after failing to keep up with paperwork verifying his low-income status.
Locked out, the frail elderly man lived in the stairwell of his old building until he was taken to a shelter – where he picked up an infection that killed him.
A judge who presided over the resulting judicial inquiry, in 2010 criticized T- C – H- C for its ” heavy-handed approach to arrears collection.”
His 80-plus recommendations included an Eviction Prevention Policy.