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Our Home: HAP’s end, and prospects for a new legacy – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on March 16, 202328 Views

Mar 16, 2023

Part 4: Homegrown builders are needed to make housing program work, says KIA leader

Our Home’ is a four-part series examining the old Government of the Northwest Territories Homeownership Assistance Program and the economic and social benefits of Nunavummiut building their own houses. Read more:

Part 1: When northern hands build northern homes
Part 2: The high cost, low return of public housing
Part 3: Building people, building homes

At 25 years old, Clara Evalik received materials to build a home in Cambridge Bay. Her six siblings had participated in the Homeownership Assistance Program, too, and she saw it as an opportunity. “It was scary,” she says. “But I always wanted to be independent. And I think all Inuit want to be independent, living in their own communities.”

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