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Fred’s story is international and national news

August 23, 2008

Fred’s story is now international news as it appeared in reuters news and also it is national news as his story appeared on the website on August 23, 2008. Here is the article:


last updated Saturday, August 23, 2008

A blind man who has been staying with friends since he was evicted from a city-owned social housing complex says he could soon be living on the street.

Fred Timms has been living with friends for the past five months after being asked to leave the two-bedroom apartment on Ramsey Crescent where he had lived for 14 years, but said he has nowhere left to stay after this weekend.

“I’m … on the street, basically,” he said Friday.

The eviction came after Ottawa fire officials determined in February that Timms’s belongings would be a safety hazard in case of a fire.

Timms agreed that his collection of books, CDs and tapes were packed in boxes stacked “chest high” in some places.

But he said he thought had had reached an agreement with the Ottawa Community Housing Corp., which owns the building, that he could stay if he got rid of some of his stuff.

“It feels like the rug has been pulled out from under my feet,” he said. “The bottom line is I was working on it … I was throwing out and giving away things every day.”

He is currently storing his belongings in two storage lockers.

OCH director Jo-Anne Poirier declined to comment specifically on Timms’s case, but said “hoarding” is a common problem in social housing. She added that tenants are evicted only in cases where there is a safety risk.

According to the OCH web site, the City of Ottawa is the corporation’s sole shareholder, but that it operates at arm’s length from the city and has an 11-member board of directors.