MLA calls for more public housing options, safer units for families


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By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Northwest Territories government needs to do a better job to address safety concerns and the inadequacy of some public housing in Yellowknife, especially for families, according to one Yellowknife MLA.

Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby told the Legislative Assembly on Monday that she often hears about the lack of security and poor conditions at the Simpson House and Norseman Manor apartment buildings in the city’s downtown. As a result, some parents have told her they don’t feel their children are safe in the building.
Nokleby said she has received photos, videos and messages from individuals living in the two buildings that showcase issues like broken locks and windows, filthy hallways, poor maintenance, and exposure to substance abuse by other tenants.
Both properties are owned by Northview REIT but some N.W.T. public housing clients live in the buildings, according to Nokleby.
“This government, as a landlord, has a responsibility to ensure these homes are safe and suitable for habitation...continued.

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