How might a healthy housing initiative for older private rental apartment blocks ensure good repair and quality of housing in Toronto? How might we identify best practices and initiate new regulatory or program interventions?
In the spring of 2109, Wellesley Institute was awarded year-long funding by Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation’s Solution Lab Program to work collaboratively with building owners, tenants and stakeholders to improve healthy housing quality in the private rental problem.
Together with SHS Consulting, expert innovation lab consultants, held two workshops with City of Toronto staff and tenant leaders; met with building owners; and conducted expert interviews to frame the problem and its scope.
Through a solutions lab process SHS Consulting will help participants move to a consensus for the best ways forward for all partners. Finally, the group will evaluate options and develop a roadmap for implementation.
Quality Housing Forum
On October 28th, about 40 participants of stakeholders, city of Toronto staff, building owner representatives and tenant leaders attended a full day forum at the University of Toronto to drill down on issues facing aging apartment buildings. The forum was an opportunity to learn about the problem and to hear expert advice on the scale of the issue. We also delved into where we might head with developing solutions to this complex and multi-faceted problem.