Public housing

Tenant education workshops planned for people living in low-rental housing

Nunavut Housing Corporation says workshops will be a pilot project to teach residents how to monitor and repair housing

The Nunavut Housing Corporation announces that it will launch education workshops for people living in social housing across the territory.

The workshops will be a pilot project to teach tenants how to monitor, maintain and maintain housing, Housing Minister Lorne Kusugak said, speaking to the Legislative Assembly committee all Wednesday evening.

“This will give tenants the opportunity to learn about home maintenance, budgeting, maintaining your home and the responsibilities of being a tenant in social housing and how to apply for social housing,” did he declare.

The project will also teach tenants how to do things like get rid of minor mold and make small repairs like fixing a doorknob or cabinet.

“One of the things that the housing corporation has been really bad at, actually, is providing information on the different programs that are available to landlords, renters, etc. and we need to do better at that,” Kusugak said.

While local housing authorities carry out annual inspections of social housing, damage is not always reported.

“We need to get our housing association staff to do better in terms of reporting misuse or misuse of units, and in turn monitoring that and fixing them,” Kusugak said.

Iqaluit-Tasiluk MPP George Hickes said it shouldn’t be the local housing authority’s responsibility to look over tenants’ shoulders, but that staff should be better able to carry out regular inspections.

He said that during last year’s campaign, some of the units he visited were “in an incredible state of disrepair, and [with] the kind of things that don’t happen in a year, two years or even five years.

“I cannot stress enough the amount of work that would be avoided if these annual inspections took place and if these discussions took place as soon as possible,” Hickes said Wednesday, during the meeting.

The committee also heard that the housing corporation has 6,000 public housing units, but another 3,000 are still needed to meet demand, and 50% of its housing stock is over 30 years old.

“It becomes very difficult to maintain something that is really, really old and renovated so many times that it shrinks from the inside,” Kusugak said.

Overcrowding is also an issue affecting the housing company’s stock, Kusugak said. Damage is more likely to occur simply because more people are using the device.

“There are a lot of people who do their best to maintain their homes, to keep them clean and to maintain them, but when there is no room in this house and you have three families and a bathroom, something thing is going to break,” he said. said.

The tenant education workshop pilot is expected to begin in 2022-2023 and officially launch in 2023-24.