Sit-in at Jo-Anne’s Poirier’s office on Monday, September 15th

Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing

Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing


Ottawa Community Housing Head Office – 39 Auriga Drive
Tel: 613-731-7223
Fax: 613-731-7637
for directions (see

CFRA radio host Lowell Green announces the Sit-in on Monday, September 15 at Jo-Anne Poirier’s office at 39 Auriga Drive in Ottawa. Thanks Lowell, that was a good public service announcement!

The Sit-in is happening this morning! Yes it is! Monday, September 15th – Fred and his supporters shall be there! You can bet on it!


September 15, 2008

Sit-in at Jo-Anne Poirier’s office, CEO of Ottawa Housing on Monday, September 15th.

Jo-Anne Porier has reneged on her promises to reinstate Fred Timms housing. Fred Timms is a blind homeless man who was kicked out of Ottawa Housing in March for having too much stuff


DATE: Monday, September 15th

PLACE: 39 Auriga Drive in Ottawa (Headquaters of Ottawa Community Housing) office of CEO Jo-Anne Poirier

TIME: 10:30 am to 2:30 p.m..

For information contact: Sue Clark-Wittenberg (613) 721-1833

Fred Timms website:

There will be a sit in at Jo-Anne Poirier’s office, CEO of Ottawa Community Housing on September 15 Monday from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m at 39 Auriga Drive to help get Fred Timms back his housing.

Fred Timms a blind homless man who lost his housing unit at 1065 Ramsey Crescent part of Ottawa Housing in March of this year for having too much stuff. Fred lived at Ramsey Crescent for over 16 years.

Jo-Anne Poirier agreed in a meeting on August 25th to co-operate with the recommendations of Andrew Kendall from the Housing Impact Team. Andrew Kendall later recommended Regina Towers for Fred Timms because he would have the support there that he needs in live independently. However, Jo-Anne is not following up on her promises.

Fred had a mediated agreement with Ottawa Housing and agreed to get rid of most of his stuff and move to Regina Towers on March l5th. The fire marshall was called a month early on February l5th and Ottawa Housing had evicted Fred on March 1st onto the curb and Fred became homeless. Fred has been homeless for over 6 1/2 months now.

Since May Fred has had many meetings with Ottawa Housing. One was with Michael Wilson former manager of the West End Division who is now on a year’s leave, and 2 meetings with the Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of Ottawa Housing.

To date, nothing has been given to Fred to reinstate him back into Ottawa Community Housing.

Fred is still homeless and anxious to get housed. He wants a roof over his head again.

The sit in by Fred and his advocates and supporters at Jo-Anne Poirier’s office is to give Jo-Anne Poirier the message “stop stalling on Fred’s return to Ottawa Community Housing”, Enough is enough” and “we won’t quit until Fred has his housing back”. Housing is a right!

If Jo-Anne Poirier was homeless she would do something about it real quick I am sure! Fred has been homeless for over 6 1/2 months. Ottawa Community Housing needs to house Fred now! How unfair to treat Fred in this way, it sure is disgusting to say the least.

Fred pays $340. for his two storage rooms and only has $200. to live on.

Fred is running out of food now! If he was housed he could have his full pension and get over $900. and be in a better position financially. Winter is coming and Fred will soon be on the street. Everybody deserves a room over their head. Their own place to call home and to have their independence, and have their dignity.

We live in Canada a very cold place in the winter and winter is coming soon, it is just around the corner.

Sleeping on a cold sidewalk is not an ideal situation for anyone, but this will be Fred’s home soon, the mean streets of Ottawa. Ottawa is not a safe place anymore especially if you are sleeping outside at night.

No one deserves to be treated this way. His human rights are being denied here in a big way.

Fred’s situation is critical and should be treated as such.

Ottawa Community Housing, get your act together and let’s get Fred housed now! His quality of life depends on it.

Homelessness is a national disgrace and something should be done about it.

Don’t kick people to the curb Ottawa Community Housing. This is not your first unfair eviction by the way!

Nick at Night said it best – “Ottawa Community Housing is poorly adminstered”. I know Nick at Night is right!

As one song says “The heat is on”


UPDATE on the Sit-in

Advocates Jane Scharf and Sue Clark-Wittenberg showed up. Fred Timms was there. Sue’s huband Steven Wittenberg arrived at the OCH office also.

The sit-in started at 10:30 a.m. as scheduled.

Fred was interviewed by the media that morning. The media that showed up werre:

Scott Taylor from the Ottawa Sun

Tim Wieclawski from Metro News

Tony Spears from the Citizen

CFRA radio ran a news story on Fred

Roger Dubois from CBC tv

Sneh Dougall from the Carleton School of Journalism.

Thank you to all of the media for their support.

Fred, Jane, Sue and Steven made some noise by playing the harmonica, ringing bells, using a megaphone.

Jo-Anne Poirier came out to meet us for a few minutes and insisted she would call Andrew Kendall of the Housing Impact Team before his meeting with Fred the next day on Tuesday, September 16th.

If Fred does not get his housing by October 1st, Fred will pitch a tent city at the OCH headqaurters at 39Thursday October 2, 10 a.m. at 39 Auriga Drive, outside on the lawn and Fred will stay there until he gets his Ottawa Housing back either at 1065 Ramsey Cres or at 2651 Regina St (Regina Towers)

Will keep you posted at to what happens in Fred’s case.


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