WOODSWORTH HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE
“STRATEGIES FOR STAYING”: POLICY ON MAKING WOODSWORTH ACCESSIBLE
Approved at the GMM on November 20, 2006
1. A maximum of nine (5%) of our units (including the original “accessible apartments”) will undergo major adaptations and/or architectural changes to improve their accessibility and safety.
2. If a need is demonstrated and if the project is structurally feasible, any unit (up to a total of 9) in the medium-rise may be altered.
3. The Co-op will spend a maximum of $5,000 per unit per major upgrading project (up to a total of 9). This maximum would be in addition to any grants or other contributions that might be available. The three original “accessible units” — namely apartments 306, 307, and 310 — will be exempt from this $5,000 guideline.
4. Alterations must be approved by the Board prior to the start of any construction. If a member wishes to apply for financial grants or subsidies from outside agencies or government programs, it is that member’s responsibility to provide the Board, or its designate, the required information and signatures in order to file or fulfill the application.
5. The accessible apartments 306, 307, and 310 will continue to be allocated to people with disabilities appropriate to those units.
6. Waiting lists will be maintained for members who want to relocate to an “enhanced unit” (apartments 315, 506, 521, and three apartments yet to be determined). When a vacancy occurs, the Membership Committee shall make every effort to allocate the vacant apartment to someone whose quality of life would be improved by the specific adaptations made to that unit. The Membership Committee, however, shall not be obliged to hold the unit for a qualified resident, if that would result in an unacceptably long uncompensated vacancy of no more than three months.
7. Expenditures on common areas accessibility upgrades will be referred to the Board or membership.
8. At the member’s written request, the Co-op will install minor safety and accessibility enhancements in any townhouse or medium-rise apartment. These minor assists or safety features shall include, but not be limited to, installation of bathroom safety grab bars, replacement of standard door handles with lever handles, installation of height adjustable shelving in bedroom closets.
9. All safety and accessibility changes to a unit are permanent changes to that unit. Members will not be expected to return the unit to its original condition when they move out, nor will the Co op agree to restore the unit to its previous state for subsequent residents.
Consolidated up to April 2010 and adopted September 30, 2010.