OCHE stands for the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity.
Our job is to help tenants who are facing eviction for arrears of rent from Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).
The OCHE operates on the principles of integrity, impartiality and independence. These three words reflect the core values of the OCHE and guide all that we do.
The OCHE’s mandate is eviction prevention for senior and vulnerabletenants living in Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) who have arrears (unpaid rent). We also provide TCHC with recommendations when a senior or vulnerable tenant has lost their rental subsidy.
The OCHE was created by the TCHC Board of Directors, and is an arms-length accountability office for TCHC. The Commissioner reports directly to the TCHC Board of Directors through the Tenant Services Committee of TCHC.
The OCHE’s mandate is eviction prevention for TCHC seniors and vulnerable tenants. We work to support TCHC and tenants in accordance with the Terms of Reference (PDF). Since opening on April 1, 2014, the OCHE has achieved a high-level of eviction avoidance, and results are reported quarterly to the Board of Directors through the Tenant Services Committee. Details of the OCHE’s work can be found in our Quarterly Reports.
The Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity (“OCHE”) was created in response to the death of a senior tenant who failed to complete his annual Household Income and Assets Review Form, lost his Rent-Geared-to-Income (“RGI”) subsidy and was evicted and passed away. An inquiry was conducted and in 2010, Justice LeSage recommended a new independent office be created and named the Commissioner of Housing Equity.
Were it not for this office, my family and I would have been left homeless. OCHE interventions, mainly in the form of liaison, were integral to keeping us housed.
- Jaycel Murphy
The Commissioner of Housing Equity (OCHE) is Cynthia Summers. Cynthia began her role in January 2014 and leads a team of professionals who have experience in legal matters, social work, mental health, dispute resolution and social housing.