After hearing concerns about the same facility for months, councillors are looking for answers from Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation with respect to how they will make Allan’s Place safer.
Allan’s Place is a 50-unit residence building in Cannington for seniors and people with disabilities. The building is run by Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation (DRNPHC).
At a meeting on Monday (April 26), councillors saw a petition from residents regarding security concerns at Allan’s Place.
At the meeting, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer made a motion: to receive the petition; to send a copy of the petition to Durham Regional council members and board members of the DRNPHC; and to have Brock council request Oshawa Mayor and DRNPHC Chair Dan Carter reply to the petition’s writer, Allan Pepper, in writing, and send all residents an explanation regarding how the non-profit housing corporation is going to make the residence safer.
“The seniors at Allan’s Place continue to be terrorized, and that is their word [to describe it], not mine. And it is happening by a handful of residents who moved there, who are not seniors, but no doubt suffer from substance abuse, mental health issues and possibly just a blatant disregard for their neighbours and the community they live in. Police calls are constant, and they continue,” Councillor Schummer explained.
The Ward 3 councillor also took exception with the way concerned Brock residents are allegedly perceived by South Durham politicians.
“Mayor Carter, and many others, label residents of Brock Township as NIMBYS (residents whose opinion is labelled with the acronym for ‘not in my back yard’) for their concerns about housing issues being proposed in Beaverton and elsewhere,” he said.
Councillor Schummer stressed, the issues at Allan’s Place “continue, and in some cases, they are getting worse.”
“We are talking, trespassing through people’s units, and for the local government to hide behind the idea it is not a Region[al] issue, it’s disgraceful,” Coun. Schummer said.
Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble said that Durham Region needs to prove they can handle issues like these.
“We know, Durham Region is looking at other housing projects in our township, and we need to be sure they are able to address any issues that are currently occurring before they even consider adding more,” she opined.
Regional Councillor Ted Smith stated, “it’s been a disappointment” hearing about the issues which have been occurring at this facility, and he feels these issues “need to be addressed.”
Coun. Schummer’s motion was later passed by council.