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 Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP)

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) is pleased to provide the Transitional Rent Supplement Program (TRSP). This program aims to support low to moderate income residents living in private market rental housing. It is intended for individuals and families who have a current lease with a private landlord and are paying more than 30 percent of their income towards shelter by providing a subsidy to reduce their housing costs.

This type of program was identified as a strategic priority in Building for the Future – the NWTHC strategic plan. The TRSP will address affordability challenges faced by low to moderate income households in market rentals.

Eligible applicants must be 19 years or older and have lived in the NWT for at least one year.

A rent subsidy of up to $500 would be paid to the landlord for a maximum period of two years.

What else do I need to know?

The Northwest The NWTHC is now accepting applications for the TRSP program. Those who take part in the program will be required to take the Financial Skills 1 – Budgeting module which is part of the Solutions to Educate People (STEP) program within the first six months of acceptance into the program. Income verifications must be submitted by the client every six months to remain in the program. Additional information can be obtained from your Northwest Territories Housing Corporation District Office.

Additional information can be obtained from your Northwest Territories Housing Corporation District Office:

District Offices Phone Number Location
Beaufort Delta District Office (867) 777-7271 Inuvik
Nahendeh District Office (867) 695-7700 Fort Simpson
North Slave District Office (867) 873-7795 Yellowknife
Sahtu District Office (867) 587-5100 Norman Wells
South Slave District Office (867) 874-7600 Hay River
 Toll Free (866) 956-9842  

Click here to download the TRSP brochure.
Click here to download the TRSP poster.

For further information please contact the TRSP Coordinator at NWTHC_TRSP@gov.nt.ca.

 
Frequently Asked Questions 
  • TRSP General Questions


  • 1.  Q: What is the Transitional Rent Supplement Program?
    A: 

    • The Transitional Rent Supplement Program is designed to aid NWT residents living in market rental housing who have low to moderate income.
    • The goal is to assist those individuals or families who are currently paying more than 30 % of their income towards shelter in market rental housing.

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    2.  Q: Why is the NWTHC introducing this program?
    A: • The NWTHC is responding to a need which was identified in Building for the Future – the NWTHC’s strategic plan to address affordability challenges faced by low to moderate income households in market rental units.
    • Building for the Future is a strategic framework that is the outcome of a broad-based policy review that examined housing conditions and current challenges related to housing in the NWT, the current GNWT approach to programs and services, and potential strategic actions that would support the overall goal of improving housing conditions in the NWT.
    • Of the approximately 14,500 households in the NWT, there are over 4,600 market rentals.  Based on most recent statistics (2009 Housing Needs Survey), some 65% of market rental households with less than $60,000 annual income are spending more than 30% of their income on shelter.
    • Compliments the NWTHC’s existing programming that supports low-cost housing such as the Public Housing Program, transitional housing projects and home ownership programs.
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    3.  Q: How do people qualify for the program?
    A: • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
    • Be 19 years of age or older.
    • Be an NWT resident for one year.
    • Have a core housing need (affordability – a household spending more than 30% of gross income to obtain adequate and suitable housing).
    • Have a current lease with a private landlord.
    • Applicants who have rental arrears with Local Housing Organizations or the NWTHC are ineligible.
    • Household income verification is required for acceptance into the program and for determining the amount of subsidy.
    • Clients are selected according to level of need using the NWTHC Point Rating System.
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    4.  Q: What form of assistance does the NWTHC provide through program?
    A: • Clients can receive a subsidy up to a maximum of $500 a month, which is paid directly to the landlord.
    • The subsidy amount is designed to help bring their monthly shelter costs (rent, plus other utility costs they may be responsible for) down to 30% of household income.
    • Clients can access the subsidy for a maximum period of two years in order to ensure as many applicants as possible get the opportunity to participate in the program, and to reduce the risk of clients becoming dependent on the subsidy.
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    5.  Q: What rental units are eligible?
    A: • Must be modest self-contained accommodations, meet the minimum repair, health and safety standards, and be clean and fit for habitation. 
    • Not available for secondary suites in owner-occupied housing, nursing or retirement homes, social housing, shelters or crisis care facilities, staff or student housing.
    • Not for organizations receiving government subsidies such as capital contributions, operating contributions, interest rate subsidies, etc. for its operations.
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    6.  Q: Is there a maximum and minimum income?
    A: • Applicants must have adequate income in order to pay their monthly rent.
    • The subsidy is not designed to be combined with other forms of government assistance or subsidies for housing.   Clients who lose their employment or continue to spend more than 30% of their income on shelter following the two-year period, are encouraged to consider alternative housing options such as housing with lower monthly rental rates, or subsidized housing.
    • Maximum income is set at the NWTHC’s Core Need Income Thresholds (CNITS).  Applicants with incomes above CNIT are considered to have enough financial resources to access alternative affordable housing.
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Landlord Frequently Asked Questions 
  • TRSP Landlord Questions


  • 1.  Q: How do I sign up to become an approved landlord for TRSP?
    A: Contact the NWTHC Transitional Rent Supplement Program Coordinator at (867) 920-8716.
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    2.  Q: What rental units are eligible?
    A: The unit for which the subsidy is being provided is to be modest self-contained accommodations.  Units must meet the minimum repair, health and safety standards, are to be clean and fit for habitation.  All landlords participating in TRSP must be approved by NWTHC.
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    3.  Q: Who cannot apply to be a landlord?
    A: The following unit types are not eligible for TRSP: Secondary suites in owner-occupied housing, Nursing or retirement homes, social housing, co-operative housing, shelters and crisis care facilities, owner occupied housing, housing for staff or students.

    This program is not for organizations receiving government subsidies such as capital contributions, operating contributions, interest rate subsidies, etc. for its operations.
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    4.  Q: Does the landlord have to sign an agreement?
    A: Yes, once the client has been approved, the client and landlord will have to sign an agreement with the NWTHC, which will specify the obligations of all participants.
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    5.  Q: When do approved landlords have to contact NWTHC?
    A: Approved landlords are required to advise the NWTHC if:
    • The client has moved out and provides the reason.
    • The client has been brought to the rental officer and the reason.
    • There is a change in the family composition.
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