UPDATE – Fred’s meeting with OCH Monday, August 25th



Fred and some of his supporters showed up at the Ottawa Community Housing head office at 39 Auriga Drive in Ottawa on Monday, August 25th at 1 p.m.

In attendance were: Fred Timms, Sue Clark-Wittenberg; advocate, Jane Scharf; advocate, Steven Wittenberg; husband of Sue and one of Fred’s supporter, Ron another supporter, Liz another supporter and Amanda, Jane’s grand daughter.

The Ottawa Housing (OCH) had in attendance, CEO of Ottawa Housing; Jo-Anne Poirier, Denise Dupuy, West End Manager, Loreen Wagner; lawyer, and Steve Clay of the Caldwell office.

Jane brought up the long delays in getting Fred any real housing and that Fred has been in agreement with OCH to get his stuff out of his apartment before March l5th when he would be transferred to Regina Towers.

Fred said he was fed up of going from couch to couch to live and wanted to have stable housing, permanent housing and he should never have been evicted from 1065 Ramsey in the first place.

Sue Clark-Wittenberg brought up the issue that housing Fred was an urgent matter that needed to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Jane said that Fred had applied to the Housing Registry.

Jo-Anne brought up the housing resource called “Housing Impact Team” that deals with homeless people and tries to get them the accommodation they want and assesses their needs to suit them to the housing that would be most appropriate for them.

Jane told Jo-Anne she wanted this contact with Housing Impact Team to be expedited. Denise Dupuy called Andrew Kendall who works for the Team and he will speak to Fred Tuesday August 26th in the morning by phone.

The protest is still on for Fred on Tuesday, August 26 at 1065 Ramsey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

That being said, Fred wants his housing soon and will talk to Andrew Kendall.

For info on the protest call Sue Clark-Wittenberg at 613-721-1833

Fred and his supporters will not stop fighting until Fred is housed. Fred will soon be on the street with nowhere to go. This blind man needs to be housed immediately. Fred has been homeless for over 5 months. No one should have to go through this.

Let’s hope the Housing Impact Team and with the help of Ottawa Housing give Fred a home to live in.

Housing is a right!


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