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NEWS: Nunavik December 06, 2017 - 8:00 am

Survey says Nunavik needs 813 more housing units

With more Nunavimmiut living alone, housing bureau says it will look at redistribution of tenants

SARAH ROGERS
Nunavik is short about 800 social housing units, the KMHB’s 2017 housing survey found. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Nunavik is short about 800 social housing units, the KMHB’s 2017 housing survey found. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Nunavik’s latest housing survey results reveal the region is in need of 813 additional units to accommodate its growing population.

That’s down slightly from the region’s last survey in 2015, which pegged the housing shortage at 1,030 units.

The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, which manages the region’s social housing stock, surveyed 3,061 households earlier this year. The organization found that certain homes are overcrowded, while others have empty bedrooms.

For that reason, the housing bureau said it will look at the possibility, and impacts, of relocating certain households to more appropriately-sized units, the organization told Kativik Regional Government councillors meeting in Kuujjuaq last week.

The survey also found that more tenants are living alone; 492 individuals live on their own in Nunavik, suggesting the region could use more one-bedroom units.

Akulivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Tasiujaq have the biggest housing deficits of the region’s 14 communities. Akulivik and Kangiqsualujjuaq are also the communities with the highest number of occupants per home, along with Inukjuak and Salluit.

Nunavik’s population has grown from about 12,090 in 2011 to 13,188 in 2016.

Earlier this year, the region heard it would receive 66 new public housing units in 2018, slated to be constructed in six different communities.

Then in the fall, additional funding was approved for 44 more units for 2018, though neither the housing bureau nor KRG officials could explain the delay.

A tripartite agreement between the federal and provincial governments and Nunavik normally provides housing over a three- to five-year period, but ongoing negotiations have forced Nunavik’s leadership to settle for one-year agreements over the short term.

Nunavik still wants Ottawa to pay for a catch-up program to help alleviate Nunavik’s public housing shortage.

But many Nunavimmiut tenants are catching a break on their monthly rent cheques. After years of negotiation with Quebec, the province finally signed off on a new rent scale for social housing tenants in the region this year.

Under the new agreement, Nunavimmiut tenants will see annual rent increases drop from eight per cent a year to six per cent, retroactive to July 1, 2016, and until July 1, 2019.

The housing bureau said that, so far, 1,700 rebates have been processed.

Since the beginning of November, more than 600 tenants in the region are paying a monthly rent of $101.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by Alaku Nappaaluk on December 07, 2017

$101 one month rent that’s bullshit me I live in one bed room cost me $480 a month. Low income and high income are quite different

#2. Posted by Sarah on December 07, 2017

$101 how is that ? I would like to live in that kind of price too. Nunavik housing rents are getting higher every year. How do I apply for $ 101 rent and where ?

#3. Posted by Time to Move to a Smaller Unit on December 08, 2017

There are too many 3 & 4 bedroom units with only one person or just a couple as occupants.  These people originally obtained the houses when they had children at home. The kids are now all grown up and on their own somewhere else but their parents don’t want to leave their houses feeling it’s ‘theirs’.  Someone is going to have to break the news to these people that the 3 & 4 bedroom units are desperately needed by young families with kids and they don’t ‘own’ the units: it’s social housing and has to be distributed to families with kids first.  It’s not fair that these older couples, individuals have empty bedrooms while young families are in 2 bedroom units with 3, 4 kids. Spacious living quarters for some, overcrowding for others.

#4. Posted by our elders on December 09, 2017

you guys seem to be very shocked about the 101.00 a month house rent, you guys are young adults and our elders are the actual people who are paying that lower monthly price.  our elders are completely forgotten by younger adults when it comes to elder prices. shame on you guys.

#5. Posted by Arctic sloth on December 11, 2017

there are MANY would be good tenants applying for housing and the “won’t pay house bills” are going to be evicted soon enough and unfortunately we have no choice as the problem of shortage of houses is not going away. Wise decisions are needed at the community level for long term fix of this problem…get the communities to make a stand for families who really need the houses not the careless ones who are just about to be evicted. Consider evictions with community elected members of the local housing committees.

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