Thursday, 15 March 2018

Two thirds of applications to the NWT Rental Office were filed by NWT Public Housing agencies #NWTpoli #SocialHousing #HousingFirst

Interesting manifestation of a social housing policy...

Two thirds  of applications to the NWT Rental Office were filed by NWT public housing agencies
Question 219-18(3): Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Applications To The Rental Office
Oral Questions  March 7th, 2018
"...Mr. Speaker, I was looking in the main estimates and I've discovered what I assume must be a typo. The rental office is listed the activity services to the public, but last year two thirds of the applications to the office were filed by public housing agencies. Either the rental office should be listed under services to government, or the government is essentially monopolizing the public service for its own good and at the expense of small landlords, renters, and to the detriment of the public at large, as I note in my Member's statement.
Given that the length of time it takes the rental office to process applications has been identified by this government as a serious concern, I'd like to make sure the entire government is taking steps to solve it. That being said, I would like to ask the Housing Minister if the Housing Corporation monitors its applications to the rental officer so that it can take policy steps to help reduce the number of times that it makes applications to the office? Thank you, Mr. Speaker...."

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