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YKDFN embarks on community housing ownership strategy

With a new year comes a clear view from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) of its plan to assume total control over its housing system. The First Nation aims to manage all aspects of...

Evictions continue to climb, contributing to homelessness

Eviction orders have climbed steadily over the last decade according to the Rental Officer’s annual report tabled in the Legislative Assembly Dec. 10. There were 217 eviction orders in the report’s time frame of April...

New housing for members of RCMP to be built in Hay River by April...

A timeline has been set for the construction of new housing – 12 units in all – for RCMP members in Hay River. Randy Cleveland, manager of housing projects with the NWT Housing Corporation, told...

Housing Corp’s revised hardware outlet bid sparks criticism

Reactions are mixed following a statement from the NWT Housing Corporation on a possible bid to open government-supported hardware outlets in small communities. Corporation spokesperson Charles Sanders told NNSL Media on Dec. 16 that potential...

Polytechnic school bid spurs non-profit housing unit study

The NWT Community Services Corporation plans to conduct a study of its housing operations ahead of the possible opening of a polytechnic university in Yellowknife. The corporation has issued a Request For Proposals for a...

The North’s #1 priority is housing

Premier Caroline Cochrane had a prime opportunity at her first Council of the Federation, a meeting of all of Canada's premiers, held most recently last month in Toronto. But when the post-conference press conference was...

Almost half of NWT homes have problems: report

A new NWT Bureau of Statistics report paints a worrying picture of the state of housing across the NWT. In 2019, 42.7 per cent (or 6,308) homes across the NWT had at least one housing...

Exclusive: Almost half of NWT homes have problems

A new NWT Bureau of Statistics report paints a worrying picture of the state of housing across the NWT. In 2019, 42.7 per cent (or 6,308) homes across the NWT had at least one housing...

Women’s Society renovations done by Christmas

The Yellowknife Women’s Society will celebrate Christmas in an almost brand new building when it moves in on Dec. 18. Announced in June, the renovation of the society’s old building on Franklin Avenue is a...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m going to keep fighting’

Christmas is going to be different in the city this year. Dozens of the most vulnerable Yellowknifers are now without access to a vital support, the Day Centre, due to a policy change that went...

Yellowknife Day Centre policy change bars 66 from shelter

Dozens of individuals with homes who use the day centre are barred today as controversial new rules come into effect. A policy change by the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority restricts "access to...

Government of Nunavut looks to mines for housing help

Should mining companies be constructing residences for their employees living in the North? Could mining companies Agnico Eagle, Baffinland Iron Mines or TMAC Resources build homes for their employees someday? The Government of Nunavut is...

Is it time for Nunavummiut to build their own homes again?

Discussion over Nunavut’s housing shortage turned to reflection on the Housing Assistance Program (HAP) when Nunavut was part of the NWT. It is great to see people having their own homes, and independent from government....

Northern contractors key to Northern prosperity

Alfred Moses was able to hang his hat on a housing announcement near the end of the 18th Legislative Assembly. At the beginning of August, the GNWT's Housing Corporation, which he was responsible for, cut...

Housing minister admits to mistake surrounding Iglulik housing waiting list

The Nunavut Housing Corporation’s $43.4-million capital budget for 2020-21 stalled last week when Aggu MLA Paul Quassa insisted that the housing corporation was wrong about Iglulik’s waiting list shrinking by 54 per cent. The Nunavut...

Still no incentive for public housing and staff housing occupants to transition to home...

Iqaluit Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone has been urging the government to make changes to tackle the the “inequity of staff housing and homeownership” since he was elected two years ago. Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone has...

Housing minister to NTI: ‘You have a healthy surplus… help us’

As the topic of housing continues to arise in the legislative assembly, Housing Minister Patter Netser made another appeal to land-claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated on Friday. “We need your help,” Housing Minister Patterk Netser...

GN continues to look to Inuit organizations for housing partnership

Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq says constituents frequently ask him for assistance to obtain housing. “It is very painful to tell a mother that there are simply not enough resources to build enough new units to...

Quassa disputes length of housing waiting list in Iglulik; receives warning

Aggu MLA Paul Quassa repeatedly expressed doubt over the Nunavut Housing Corporation’s waiting list in Iglulik on Tuesday and he was warned not to call the housing minister a liar. Paul Quassa: “I went to...

EDITORIAL: Housing remains a top challenge

Heading into two elections this fall, there is much anxiety over where the territory is heading. Residents are right to be concerned about the health of the main economic drivers in the NWT -- government...

Habitat for Humanity’s northern challenges

Matt Belliveau has been the executive director of Habitat for Humanity NWT for roughly a year and despite the success of the brand and constructs for families in need in Yellowknife, he recognizes that...

Housing corporation trying new roofs, walls to prevent mould

Mould in Priscilla Curley’s Hall Beach home makes her break out in hives, forcing her to take allergy medication. It’s become a way of life over her 16 years there. Mould is visible under a window...

Program asks landlords to help fight homelessness

An aspiring tenant who’s experienced short-term homelessness can face a few barriers to accessing housing – arrears, a poor rental history and credit score. The Next Step Rapid Rehousing program, introduced by the Yellowknife Women's...

Yellowknife’s Arnica Inn eyed for transitional housing

The Yellowknife Women's Society is proposing to turn the Arnica Inn into a transitional housing complex. Transitional housing is meant to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by offering structure, supervision and support. On...

News in Brief: Habitat for Humanity NWT YKEA ReStore now open

On the tail of debuting its downtown pop-up location, Habitat for Humanity NWT has opened their seasonal ReStore YKEA location Wednesday. All the store's goods are made by donation and sold at a discounted price...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from 2018-19 when the housing corporation had $65.7 million earmarked...
Hay River is still dealing with the aftermath of a March 15 fire on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place apartment building. No residents are currently living in the structure and it is uncertain when they may return. NNSL file photo

Owner plans to reopen fire-damaged highrise in Hay River

The owner of the Mackenzie Place highrise – damaged by a fire on March 15 and now empty of tenants as a result – says he plans to repair and reopen the building. "We're starting...

Polytechnic plans create uncertain future for Yk’s Northern United Place

If you've lived in Yellowknife a while, you've probably been to events and meetings at Northern United Place (NUP). Or maybe you attend the Yellowknife United Church or Aurora College, which both call the...