Jun 06, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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