NWT residents in public housing will now have their payment of rent delayed until the end of June.
The NWT Housing Corporation (NWTHC ) says it will be “Directing local housing organizations that current operation processes will continue until at least the end of June” with regards to rent deferral.
In an emailed statement to CKLB Radio, the NWTHC says, “It will follow the Government of the Northwest Territories NWT and Chief Public Health Officer direction on the timing of the resumption of ordinary services and will provide communications to NWTHC rental clients.”
Last week, the NWTHC granted NWT residents who live in public housing extra time to pay their rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the time NWTHC told CKLB Radio that “Tenants of rental programs are permitted to delay their payments to Local Housing Organization (LHO) offices until a later date. These measures will help to promote social distancing and minimize the risk of community transmission.”
NWTHC continued, saying that public housing rents are based on incomes. During the pandemic period, should a public household’s income have decreased, their rent owed will be adjusted downward appropriately for that period.
“Some tenants are communicating that they want to pre-pay to avoid an accumulation of debt,” the NWTHC stated.
The NWTHC says it is looking at different methods for accepting payments that will protect the safety of LHO staff and residents in the near future.
They will provide NWTHC rental clients updates on any changes to programming that occurs.
CKLB Radio will provide those updates when the information becomes available.