Archive for August, 2012

Fall Folks and Facts

Friday, August 31st, 2012

LMHC building newsletter
LMHC family site newsletter

LMHC publishes a quarterly newsletter for tenants called Folks and Facts.

There are two versions: one for our adult and senior buildings, and one for our family sites.

Click here to open a PDF of the building version in a new browser window.

Click here to open a PDF of the family site version in a new browser window.

For previous issues of Folks and Facts, visit the Folks and Facts page.

Limberlost Beautification

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Limberlost family community

The residents of LMHC’s Limberlost family community have enjoyed a more beautiful neighbourhood this summer, thanks to a number of generous community partners and sponsors who have helped make this neighbourhood a welcoming place to live.

Read more about this great project here, in yesterday’s London Community News.

Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings

Monday, August 27th, 2012

fire alarm clipart

There’s an excellent article in today’s London Free Press about the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.

Some important things for tenants to remember in case of a fire:

  • When you hear the fire alarm, leave your unit and close all doors behind you.
  • Use the stairs, not the elevator.
  • Leave your building through the nearest exit.
  • Go to the designated gathering place outside your building. This location is highlighted on the floor plan posted on your building’s ground floor.
  • Never gather in your building’s lobby! This area must be kept clear for firefighters.
  • If you can’t leave your apartment because of smoke or fire in the hall, or if you have a physical disability, call the Fire Department at 911 and tell them where you are.

Fire Drills
LMHC holds fire drills in all of our buildings every three months. Tenants can find out about these fire drills by watching for notices that are posted in the building a few days before each fire drill. It’s not compulsory for tenants to participate in fire drills, but it can help you remember what to do in case of a real emergency.

Did you know?
LMHC manages 10 rent-geared-to-income apartment buildings in London that are eight stories high or higher. These 10 buildings hold more than half of our 3,282 units in London and Middlesex.

OW and ODSP Housing Credit Phased Out in 2013

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

house clipart

The 2013 Ontario budget means big changes to a benefit that many of London and Middlesex Housing Corporation’s tenants have depended on: the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit for recipients of Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Progam (ODSP) benefits.

This benefit helps individuals living in poverty:

  • With moving costs if they need to move for a new job
  • Leave an institution and find a new place to live
  • Leave their current home because it’s harmful to their health or well-being
  • Leave an abusive situation
  • If they’re being evicted by their current home
  • If they’re faced with having their utilities cut off

The benefit helps with certain costs such as:

  • Paying first or last month’s rent deposit
  • Buying necessary household furniture
  • Putting down a deposit for utilities
  • Paying overdue utility bills

To learn more about the phasing out of this essential benefit, which also helps tenants replace bedding and furniture infested by bed bugs, you can read this Openfile article published today.

Protecting Seniors from Scams

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Senior's Fraud Protection Kit

Are you a senior, or do you have a loved one who is a senior and vulnerable to fraud and scams? Would you like to know how to better protect yourself or your loved one from fraud?

The Londoner featured an article this week on senior scams. The story referred to a Senior Fraud Protection Kit prepared by the Home Instead Senior Care Network.

The Senior Fraud Protection Kit is full of useful information about protecting seniors from fraud. It includes several checklists – one to help you identify if a senior in your life is at greater risk of fraud, and other checklists of practical tips to help protect seniors from mail, phone and Internet fraud.

Here are some of the tips for protecting seniors from mail fraud:

  • Consider a second set of eyes to look over bill payments and mail.
  • Never respond to a sweepstakes letter by sending a cheque to claim a prize.
  • Carefully review monthly accounts for unauthorized charges.
  • Follow up if bills or new cards don’t arrive on time.
  • If you continue to get mail that is obviously a scam, take it to your local post office and the mail will be forwarded to the Canadian postal inspector.

For more information about senior fraud, watch the video below.

To download a PDF of the complete Senior Fraud Protection Kit, click here.

To read the Londoner article on senior fraud, click here.

To visit the website for Home Instead Senior Care, click here.

London and Middlesex Housing Corporation provides rent-geared-to-income housing for nearly 700 senior citizens aged 65 and older in London and Middlesex.

Renter’s Insurance

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

house fire clipart

What would you do if a fire or flood that destroyed everything you owned? How would you replace your things?

Every tenant should have renter’s insurance (also called contents insurance, or a home insurance policy), to protect their belongings in case of loss from tragedies such as fire and flooding. There’s a really great article in today’s London Free Press about this topic. Click here to read more.

You have to buy this kind of insurance yourself – London and Middlesex Housing Corporation (LMHC) doesn’t buy it for you. Talk to your Community Relations Worker (CRW) if you want more information about how to buy renter’s insurance.

If you’re an LMHC tenant and you receive Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits, you are eligible to have the cost of renter’s insurance included in your housing allowance. Talk to your OW or ODSP caseworker about this.

Need a computer for school?

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) is a local charity that provides inexpensive recycled computers (software included!) for low-income learners enrolled in a skills or training program.

For more information about how to apply, watch the video above, visit their website, or call 519-663-0040.

RCT also accepts donations of used computers, which are needed for their many programs.

Summer Recreation Program 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012
The Amazing Corbin

The Amazing Corbin and his pirate magic show

Every summer the London and Middlesex Housing Corporation runs a free daycamp for children of our tenants at our family sites in London.

The program consists of arts, crafts, sports, games, drama, special events and day trips, and is open for six weeks in July and August.

This summer the children enjoyed visits from the London Public Library Bookmobile, Mad Science, and London Fire Services.

We also visited East Park and the splashpad at the Forks of the Thames, where The Amazing Corbin treated us to a pirate magic show.

London Public Library bookmobile

Reading is fun with the bookmobile!

London Fire Department fire safety

Learning all about fire safety from the London Fire Department

Playing at the splashpad

Playing at the splashpad

Playing at the splashpad

Playing at the splashpad

Playing at the splashpad

Playing at the splashpad

Southdale Summer Slam 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
sidewalk chalk sun

Although the weather forecast called for rain, it was sunny for our Summer Slam!

Yesterday was our annual Summer Slam at our Southdale family community.

Community partners organize this event each summer for our tenants. Activities include games for children and a community BBQ.

A big thank you to our many, many partners at Southdale, including the Southdale Chaplaincy, Families First, the Health Zone, the City of London, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, NRAWP, and the Salvation Army.

children's activities

At the Southdale Chaplaincy’s table, children could guess how many candies were in the jar

face painting

City of London staff painted faces

recycling

Do you know how to sort your recycling?

community display

One of our onsite partners, Families First CAPC

blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles – one of the many activities for children

community display

How much sugar is in your favorite drink?

sidewalk chalk

Everyone had a great time and learned more about the services available to their community

Rookie League Baseball 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
children's baseball league

Southpaws up to bat

It was a beautiful summer morning on Wednesday, August 15 when “Buron” and “South Paws” played the final game of the 2012 Rookie Ball season at Labatt Park.

Every summer LMHC offers a baseball program for children eight to ten years old who live in our family communities. Officers from London Police Service coach our teams, and pitchers from London Majors Baseball pitch all our games.

After the game, everyone celebrated with pizza from Joe Kool’s restaurant, and thanked our other Rookie Ball sponsors: Lang Bus Lines (they drive the players to all their games), the Optimists, and Forest City Slow-Pitch.

Congratulations to the Buron team, who came in first place, and to all the players for their great effort and dedication during the summer!

Orange baseball team in the dugout

Southpaws in their dugout

green baseball team in dugout

Buron in their dugout

green team batter

Buron up to bat

baseball handshake line

Good game!

group photo

All four Rookie Ball teams with their London Police Service coaches, LMHC staff and other sponsors

pizza lunch in baseball stands

Enjoying a pizza lunch donated by Joe Kool’s!