A city committee has come out in strong support of a study that could see London increase regulation of unlicensed group homes.
During Tuesday’s Community and Protective Services Committee meeting, councilors voted unanimously in favour of having City staff look into options for greater oversight of the homes.
The move comes nearly two years after 72-year-old David MacPherson died in a fire at an unregulated group in east London.
MacPerson succumbed to injuries after setting fire to his room in a 12-unit unlicensed group home at 1451 Oxford Street East (pictured) in November, 2014. Around 20 other people with mental illness lived in the building. The home was run by Keith Charles, a recovered addict who said he opened the homes to fill a void in the system.
The study could see the city license those types of facilities, something city staff has resisted in the past. Bureaucrats have instead suggested there be better co-operation among local agencies looking after the vulnerable, and not just those who live in group homes.
The study will still have to go before full council for approval.
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