(58) Arguing on the one hand that it was "the right of all families in the NWT to have affordable and suitable housing regardless of the amounts of money a family can pay" and on the other, that the aim of the overall housing policy was to "move rental tenants with adequate incomes towards this goal of homeownership," the NWTHC articulated a series of rental scale objectives:
The Low Rental Housing Program as introduced by the NWTHC in the post-1972 era, was a further attempt by the territorial government to meet the special needs of the NWT's low-income population.
Responding to the final report of the territorial Task Force on homeownership in the Mackenzie Valley as tabled in 1977, the NWTHC amended the SSHAG program to broaden its application.
Initially undertaken as an entirely NWTHC endeavour, the HAP alternative eventually evolved to the point where not only was CMHC cost-sharing the program, but the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission (CEIC) contributed funds for labour costs.
Operating under Section 40 of the NHA, RRHP was a 75-25% cost shared arrangement between CMHC and NWTHC. It was the territorial equivalent of the Rural and Native Housing Program.
Using the NWTHC criteria of "greatest need," the Housing Corporation based its prioritization of RRHP clientele on a worst-first housing scenario.
As a result, NWTHC with CMHC's concurrence, redrafted its RRHP mandate to include the "speculative delivery" of low-income housing.
Although the homeownership and rental housing programs offered by the NWTHC formed the crux of the territorial housing initiative, also important were the variety of capital improvement programs introduced by the Corporation.