TORONTO - A half-blind tenant living in subsidized housing who was targeted in a violent home invasion may soon be evicted for unknowingly letting his attackers in.
Louis Romualdi, 78, said he received an eviction warning letter on Aug. 8 from Houselink Community Homes — the provincially-funded housing authority that oversees his Harbord St. building — indicating he could be kicked out for the behaviour of the criminals.
“The situation is very unfortunate and unsafe for you and the other tenant who was assaulted, as well as all the other tenants in the building,” Houselink support co-ordinator Catlin Knowles wrote in the letter.
“Louis, I would like to remind you that you are responsible for your guest’s behaviour. By allowing people into the building and into your unit, they are your guests.”
A man and woman buzzed Romualdi’s unit on July 30, just before 10 p.m., and indicated they knew him. He let them into his basement unit where he was entertaining two friends. The male brandished a kitchen knife and held it to Romualdi’s nose while demanding his bank cards, which the tenant handed over without a fight.
Another tenant, Jennifer Mills, 55, was punched twice in the face, had her $500 gold chain yanked off her neck and broke her left ankle when she dropped to the ground.
In her letter, Knowles said if Romualdi, who is diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, continued “to allow people into the building and your unit who impede on the other tenants’ reasonable enjoyment of their home or commit a crime on the property, you will be putting your housing in jeopardy.”
Romualdi, who has been living in the rent-geared-to-income unit for three years, is worried he will end up on the streets.