|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 18) Davenport|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Adam Giambrone|
|Born||1976 (age 37–38)
Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
Bailão was born in Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal and a former resident of Alenquer Municipality, Bailão moved to Canada and settled in Davenport with her family at the age of 15. She attended West Toronto Collegiate and then the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and European Studies.
On October 16, 2012, Bailão was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. After initially saying she would fight the charges she later reversed her decision and pled guilty to the charge of being above the legal limit. She said, "I made a bad choice. I take full responsibility for that and I accept the consequences." Mayor Rob Ford commented on the incident and said, "Ana is a good local councillor, she works hard and represents her residents well at City Hall. I look forward to continuing to work with her on council." She received a 12 month licence suspension and a fine.
In 2003, Bailão who worked as an assistant to city councillor Mario Silva put her name forward as a candidate to replace him in the election that year. She ran on a platform focusing on environmental issues, tenants rights and reduced property taxes for seniors. She lost to Adam Giambrone by 1,260 votes.
In 2010, she ran again in the same ward to replace Giambrone who had entered the mayoralty race to replace outgoing mayor David Miller. Bailão who described herself as "centre-left, maybe centre" ran on a campaign of efficient service delivery and community involvement in decision making. She beat Kevin Beaulieu, an assistant to Giambrone, by 1,366 votes.
In 2012, Bailão led a working group to look into problems with the city's community housing stock. Earlier in the year, mayor Rob Ford had proposed to sell off 706 city owned houses to pay for repairs. Bailão's group issued a report that recommended selling only 55 houses. She said, "We recognize that some of our proposals might not be popular. Some might want the status quo, while others will think we should have gone further. But we think we have found the right balance."
Chair of Affordable Housing Committee
On March 4, 2011, Councillor Bailao hosted a Symposium on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness and included the participation of United Way Toronto, the Toronto Board of Trade, the Daily Bread Foodbank and Senator Art Eggleton. This symposium examined the increasing separation of high-income earners and low-income earners in Toronto, and the impact that this trend has on neighbourhoods and housing.
Recognizing the City of Toronto's constrained physical situation and the declining commitment of Provincial and Federal governments to fund affordable housing initiatives, Councillor Bailao directed the Affordable Housing Committee to create a roundtable with Private-sector experts to discuss ways of creating affordable housing in Toronto without government funding. This roundtable submitted a report that was approved by Council; outlining a plan to create nearly 8,000 affordable homes and over 13,000 well-paying construction jobs within 3 years. This report was very well received and was viewed as a way of moving forward even in the face of reduced public funding.
Toronto Community Housing
In 2011, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation faced with a repair backlog of $650 million. In response, the Toronto Community Housing Board recommended the sale of 872 stand alone houses to offset these costs, with 715 TCH houses considered recommended as viable for selling. Excluding the 11 homes that had already been approved for sale by Council in previous reports, the TCH Board recommended an additional 675 units be sold. The public and media response to this proposal was highly negative  with many groups voicing strong concern about how a large scale sell-off of affordable housing would affect the already over-burdened social housing waiting list. Three former mayors of Toronto also wrote a joint letter to express concerns about this proposal to sell the scattered houses in TCHC's portfolio and imploring that Toronto re-ngage the federal and provincial governments in sustainable funding support for the growing repair backlog.
At this time, Councillor Bailao raised strong concerns about the impact of this sale to the City Social Housing portfolio. Councillor Bailão submitted a letter as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee to the Executive Committee handling the TCHC report identifying these concerns.
In response to these concerns, Councillor Bailão requested the opportunity to lead a Special Housing Working Group in order to identify innovative solutions and creative partnerships. At its meeting on March 5,6, and 7, Council approved Councillor Bailão was appointed to lead this working (xx) along with management consultant Jim Pimblett, TCHC Board Chair Bud Perves and former Cabinet Minister Alan Redway. This working group was created to make findings on the proposed sale of the 619 TCH homes, develop innovative solutions and new partnerships to address the repair backlog and create a strategy to re-engage the federal and provincial governments in providing affordable housing. This working group was asked to report back to Executive Committee in early fall, 2012, in order to provide recommendations to Council.
This group launched an extensive consultation process on April 3, 2012, and included a survey of tenants living in the single family homes proposed for sale, an Ideas Forum on Housing, a consultation with non-profit housing organizations and a public Suggestions for Action event.
The final report, entitled Putting People First, was released on September 17, 2012, and was widely well received by social housing advocates. By the time the final report was returned to Executive Committee on October 9, 2012, the working group's report recommendations had been informed by consultations with over 600 individuals and organizations. As a goal, the working group set out to raise $120 million over the next two years for housing repairs.
By 2013, Toronto Community Housing's repair backlog had increased to $751 million.
In March 2013, another of the Special Working Group's recommendations was implemented and realized when $93.5 million was unlocked as part of the refinancing of 18 mortgages at lower rates through Infrastructure Ontario. As a result, nearly $100 million was directed towards high-priority structural repairs in TCHC buildings.
The approval by Council of the mortgage renegotiation also marked a significant achievement for the Special Housing Working Group's report. In addition to the already implemented recommendations from the Special Working Group, the original target of raising $120 million towards the repair backlog was achieved in only the first 6 months of the report receiving Council approval.
Infographic: Declining federal housing funding to Ontario: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=8586
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 18|
|Frank de Jong||869||6.06|
|2003 Toronto election, Ward 18|
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- O'Toole, Megan (18 Sep 2012). "TCHC should sell only 55 houses: report; Sales could help fund $751M repair backlog". National Post. p. A9.
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