TORONTO, Ont. – A group of tenants who live in community housing urged Mayor Rob Ford to keep public housing in public hands.
The call comes amid a spending scandal that’s angered Ford and triggered resignations at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
Some residents in Regent Park said the Mayor’s suggestion of privatization would be a dangerous move. The group of community housing residents also accused Ford of playing politics.
Wally, who has been living in social housing since 1993, told 680News this is his home, and fears if community housing is privatized, developers will move and and he’ll be on the street.
“We’re here to say that we’re not for sale, our homes are not for sale, our neighbourhoods are not for sale. It feels terrible to have someone threaten to sell your home out from under you,” he said, “If you take away housing and make a condominium and there’s no social housing, where do those people go? The list is already near 100-thousand. Where do the rest go?”
Dan King, an elected Director on the Community Housing Board, says the Mayor is being too harsh over the spending scandal and says he refuses to step down despite a city council motion that may give him no choice.
“We’ve done nothing wrong. I refuse to resign,” said King, “It’s up to the tenants to decide my fate.”
The Mayor has called for the two elected board members to resign in the wake of that scathing audit, but tenants said those people were voted in by them, and they should be the ones to remove the board members, not city council.