Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible for Housing Northwest Territories (NWT), issued the following statement to commemorate National Housing Day:
“National Housing Day is a time to reflect on housing challenges in the Northwest Territories and identify the progress we’ve made to reduce core housing need.
“As Housing NWT marks its 50th year, we’re collaborating with Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations, communities, and federal partners to address the territory’s housing crisis.
“Through strong partnerships, we’ve been able to leverage federal dollars to create NWT’s largest expansion of public housing units in decades. By Fall 2023, 100 new homes will have been added to our public housing stock, and more residents will have access to safe, quality homes.
“As part of Housing NWT’s Renewal Strategy we are partnering with Indigenous governments to advance reconciliation and ensure community needs are met in the most effective way possible. This year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Housing with the Tłı̨chǫ Government and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated. These agreements provide a framework for intergovernmental cooperation on housing-related matters, including community housing planning, procurement, and coordinated program delivery.
“As we roll out housing programs and services, expand housing units and build on our partnerships, we’re listening to differing perspectives from residents and communities across the territory to ensure our solutions meet their unique needs. We are reviewing our policies and practices to address barriers faced by people with significant housing challenges. A large part of this work involves listening to concerns about existing programs and services and finding ways to improve them.
“Through the renewal strategy, work is underway to improve over 40 programs and services. Proposed policy and program changes will consider input from the Council of Leaders Housing Working Group, staff and Local Housing Organizations.
“Behind all the progress we’ve made and will continue to make, are the employees. Housing NWT employees, including those working on the ground in our Local Housing Organizations, play a key role in providing housing support. Their work is important, and it improves the lives of residents every day across the territory’s 33 communities. I thank them for their dedication.
“Today I recommit to continuing to work with our partners to make housing across the territory more affordable and accessible to those most in need.”