City Council Approves Move of Operation and Administration of Social Housing Units In-House
Sep 26, 2018
At last night’s meeting, City Council approved a recommendation to transfer the administrative and operational components of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation (GSHC) to the City, effective immediately.
The recommendation to move to an in-house service delivery model is the result of a comprehensive social housing governance best practices review conducted by KPMG. The change will see the City take on all operations and administration of the GSHC’s 1,848 social housing units and 653 rent supplement agreements with private landlords.
This new structure is in line with best practices across the province.
“I want to thank the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation Board for their tireless work in service to the tenants. Social housing is critical to many individuals and families in the community, and the ultimate goal is for the tenants to receive the best service possible,” said Catherine Matheson, General Manager of Community Development at the City of Greater Sudbury. “I look forward to working closely with Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation staff towards a smooth and seamless transition.”
To ensure a smooth changeover process, a transition team will be established. All day-to-day business operations will continue as usual to ensure no service interruptions to social housing applicants or tenants residing in GSHC properties. In addition, this change in governance will not result in layoffs of current GSHC employees.
Under the new model, the GSHC will remain as a holding company for the assets now managed by the City. City Council will be the Board of Directors for the holding corporation.
Next steps in the transition process include an operational review, as recommended by the Auditor General. It is expected that the full transition will take up to one year to implement.
To view the full report from last night’s meeting, visit agendasonline.greatersudbury.ca.