TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ -Toronto Community Housing will soon welcome home
144 North tower households forced from their homes at 200 Wellesley St.
E. because of the fire on September 24, 2010.
"After a difficult ordeal, the first North tower tenants of 200
Wellesley St. E. are returning home. Toronto Community Housing has been
working around the clock since the fire on clean-up, repairs and
renovations and we are pleased that the first tenants of the North side
of the building are heading home," said Mitzie Hunter, Toronto
Community Housing's chief administrative officer.
Some apartments in the North tower are ready for residents to return
home starting December 14. Most apartments ready to be occupied are
located on floors 1 through 12. These apartments have been cleaned,
repaired and fully renovated if necessary. Tenants will be joining the
majority of South tower tenants who returned home within two weeks of
North tower residents with apartments on floors 14 to 30 will not be
able to return home until the New Year. These residents live on the
floors closest to the fire where there was significant smoke and water
damage. These floors have been sealed off from the rest of the
building. Air quality testing is conducted every day throughout the
building to ensure the air is safe to breathe.
"Toronto Community Housing is grateful to tenants who aren't able to
return home. They have demonstrated tremendous patience and resolve.
With the support of the City of Toronto, community partners, business
partners and ordinary Torontonians, we will continue to support tenants
through this time of transition," Hunter said.
Over the last 48 hours, Toronto Community Housing staff members have
made personal phone calls to all North tower tenants to inform them
about the status of their unit. North Tower residents with questions
about when they can move home can visit the Wellesley Information
Centre (495 Sherbourne Street) or call the Tenant Hotline at 416 981
All tenants or occupants of 200 Wellesley St. E. at the time of fire are
also eligible to participate in a voluntary compensation plan to assist
them with losses and personal hardship. Tenants who participate in the
compensation plan are expected to receive payment within five business
days of their claims being settled. Tenants are required to obtain
independent legal advice before their claims can be processed. Full
details of the plan are available by visiting www.torontohousing.ca.
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than
164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes-about six per cent of the
City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400
staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mandate to provide
affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and
work, together to build healthy communities.
SOURCE Toronto Community Housing Corporation
For further information: For further information:
Media inquiries:Jeffrey Ferrier, Toronto Community Housing, 416-981-4252