Many may think of North Peace Housing Foundation (NPFH) as offering housing only for senior citizens. This is not necessarily the case, as for the last 25 years a large part of NPHF’s work has been in Affordable Family Housing.
In 1994, NPHF was asked to lead a project to consolidate housing agencies in the North Peace, leading to the operations of seven housing agencies coming under its scope.
“This process brought both a change in our mandate as well as a change in name,” said Don Good, Director of IT, Communications, and Stakeholder relations for NPHF.
“Under the Alberta Housing Act, the North Peace Housing Foundation took on the management of 164 homes for low income families, as well as an additional 40 seniors apartment units.”
At the moment, the affordable family housing programs and related properties include 163 Family Housing Units ranging from two-to-five bedrooms and seven Sustainable Remote Housing units for a total of 170 affordable properties.
Percentage of household income determines the rental rates and is reviewed annually.
Good explained that there is a variety of reasons that clients may need to reach out to NPHF to obtain affordable family housing. He added that this service is essential to meet the needs of many in the North Peace.
“The reasons for the need are almost as varied as the people themselves. It can result from working in a job that does not provide enough to meet the basic market rates, or it can result from a change in or loss of employment many times outside the control of the applicant,” said Good.
“The need may also be tied to changes in family circumstances such as a divorce or death in the family. It may be a solution for those needing assistance to find affordable accommodation for their family while they go to school.”
NPHF serves a large area of northern Alberta which includes 12 municipalities. The municipalities are: Clear Hills County, County of Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise County, MD of Peace No. 135, MD of Fairview No. 136, The Towns of Fairview, Grimshaw, Manning and Peace River and the Villages of Berwyn, Hines Creek and Nampa.
Good explained that to be eligible for affordable housing, applicants need to be under income limits determined by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the province examining the market in local communities. Surveys are done yearly to determine these limits.
“We would like your readers to know that we will make every effort to provide the appropriate program or housing for our clients. We do understand the need. A number of our employees started their relationship with the Foundation as clients and are now integral parts of our team,” said Good.
“It is not just a job for us. Our Mission Statement is ‘Everyone Has A Place to Call Home,’ and within the guidelines we follow, we will do our best to meet this goal.”
Good added that they are inviting people to go to the NPHF’s website and fill out application and bring it into the appropriate Housing and Accommodations Manager in the area they live.
More information is available on NPHF’s website (www.nphf.ca) under Housing for Families and at www.alberta.ca/affordable-housing-programs.aspx