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Ottawa Community Housing working with partners to support tenants

Brian Gilligan, the vice president of community and tenant support with Ottawa Community Housing, said the organization's focus is to get fresh food to as many people as possible. 
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Ottawa Community Housing supports 33,000 tenants in the capital and is the fourth largest social housing provider in Canada.

There are currently 23 areas supported by Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) that have either lost power or are partially without electricity due to the storm that swept through the capital on Saturday, May 21, according to the organization's vice president of community and tenant support. 

Brian Gilligan, the chief community and tenant support with OCH, joined The Sam Laprade Show on Monday, May 23, and said the organization's focus is to get fresh food to as many people as possible. 

"We are working with our partners and we have started getting food out to people," he said. "Our staff has been working 24 hours a day since the storm happened."

The OCH supports roughly 33,000 tenants in 15,000 households across Ottawa, and is the fourth largest social housing provider in Canada. 

Gilligan said while municipalities have sent the message of throwing food items out when in doubt, that concept is hard on people who earn a low income or are on a fixed income. 

"Some families simply can't replace the food they are losing," he added. "Food insecurity is nothing new for low income folks."

Gilligan said he appreciates the hard work and around the clock hours being put in by emergency crews and hydro employees. 

"Patience is the best way to get through this, and we have to support each other," he said. 

Listen to the full interview with Brian Gilligan below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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