Alfred Moses, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) announced the grand opening of new public housing units in Inuvik on Tuesday.
In co-operation with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and support from the federal government’s Housing Initiative funds, a public housing six-plex has been developed and is now ready for occupants.
The NWTHC-IRC partnership was formed under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as part of the two organizations’ commitment to improve housing conditions in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and provide economic development and training opportunities for NWT residents in the ISR.
The NWTHC through its community agent, the Inuvik Housing Authority will begin immediately
filling the units with Public Housing program participants.
“It’s been exciting to be part of the opening of these six units in Inuvik,” says Minister Moses in a statement.
“Housing is the most fundamental support that we require to build success in our lives. I am glad that GNWT has been able to work together with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to develop this important housing infrastructure in Inuvik. The IRC is truly a valued partner and I anticipate that moving forward, northerners will continue to reap the benefits of affordable housing through this partnership.”
The cost of the public housing units is based on a rent scale determined by a number of factors, including the person’s monthly income. For example, if someone makes less than $1,667 a month, and lives in a ‘Zone A’ community like Yellowknife, Hay River or Inuvik, their monthly rent would be $80.