Toronto Community Housing Corp.’s new CEO charts new course for troubled agency
Published on Friday July 06, 2012
Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star
Toronto Community Housing CEO Gene Jones pauses to reflect during a visit to a development in the Jane St.-Finch Ave. W. area.
A few weeks before taking over as Toronto Community Housing’s new CEO last month, Gene Jones sent an email to all staff at the agency’s head office telling them to clean up their desks.
Before his June 18 start date he had inspected the building on Yonge St., just south of the Rosedale subway station, and didn’t like seeing “clutter everywhere.’’
“First of all, it’s a safety hazard. Secondly, it’s presentation . . . we want to be a professional agency,’’ says Jones.
It’s but a small example of the new direction he has charted for the housing corporation.
Jones, who previously served as executive director of the Detroit Housing Commission, Michigan’s largest public housing body, feels a disconnect exists between the people who run Toronto Community Housing and its tenants.
He wants to bring TCH closer to its residents, while somehow finding money to improve public housing units, a tall order given the $750-million repair backlog and no new money in sight.read more