Not all residents are critical of TCHC, but they are a rare exception
Many people who live in Toronto Community Housing don't have much good to say about it, but there are a few who aren't complaining, and at least one who insists his building is a great place to live.
The focus of my Fixer columns this week is on TCHC maintenance issues, and a walk through just about any building confirms there's a lot to be fixed.
To be fair, TCHC has slowly been starved of cash needed to keep up its buildings, with a state of good repair backlog of about $750 million. By falling so far behind, a lot of things won't be fixed any time soon, if ever.
It explains why so many people have grown indifferent to chronic problems in their building; when management knows, and you know that they know, but it never gets fixed, it furthers the sense that nobody cares.
And if the people in charge don't care, then why should the people who live there? How can they be expected to have pride in their building?
But there are exceptions to the rule, including buildings where residents say there isn't much that needs fixing.
Bonnie Booth emailed us about the recent departure of Chuck Dowdall as a TCHC vice-president, saying it's a shame because he was "phenomenal about responding to email and having issues resolved."
We emailed back to ask her to tell us about any problems in her building, at 20 Sanderling Pl., which prompted a suprising reply: "Actually no, we have no outstanding problems.
"I had a list of 10 problems I tried desperately to have resolved until (Dowdall) was hired by TCHC. Three months later ALL were resolved."
Robert Vinton signed onto SeeClickFix to tell us that TCHC "gets too much bad press. Maybe pass this on to a 'good news' reporter: I've lived in a TCHC seniors building for 15 years. Lovely location, between two parks. Very well served by TTC. Very quiet outside and inside. Multicultural. Always clean. I love it and appreciate it.
"I feel sure there are thousands of TCHC residents who like and look after their apartments. Why not report on them more often."
Vinton has a point. Now, if I could only find a few of those thousands of people.