(OTTAWA, ON) November 8, 2021 – Ottawa Community Housing Corporation is proud to announce one of our engaged tenant groups – the Caldwell Tenant Circle – was named as a recipient of the 2021 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards. This award was presented during the 13th annual ceremony on November 8. 2021.
The Crime Prevention Awards celebrates people, groups and programs that work to build a better Ottawa through safety or crime prevention.
Since 2017, the Caldwell Tenant Circle volunteers have actively worked towards creating a sense of safety and security through conducting audit walks, and hosting and volunteering at a variety of community events. Their dedication led to the following changes to the community:
- Implementation of traffic calming measures
- Improved lighting around the townhomes
- Removal of four phone booths – to deter criminal activity
- Upgrades to the neighbourhood basketball court
Ottawa Community Housing very fortunate to work with engaged tenants such as the ‘Caldwell Tenant Circle’ and many other tenants who help build healthy, safe and inclusive communities.
“We are very proud of the dedication and hard work of the engaged tenants in the Caldwell community. Thanks to their efforts, they have helped create a pride of place and a sense of belonging for all residents. Congratulations.”
– Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, OCHC
“The Caldwell Tenant Circle has engaged with community partners and are passionate about creating a healthier, safe and more inclusive community. Congratulations to them and all the other recipients working to build better communities.”
– Brian Gilligan, Vice-President, Community and Tenant Support, OCHC
Activities led by the Tenant Circle include, but are not limited to:
- CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) safety audits
- Two bike clinics
- Family photography session
- Health and resource fair
- Movie night
- Bimonthly food distribution
- COVID-19 vaccine outreach
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
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