Barry Sasakamoose - Director of Housing
The supply and maintenance of residential housing is a key priority for all First Nations communities. The cost of home construction and maintenance continues to escalate at a rapid pace. First Nations communities are experiencing unprecedented growth in youth demographics and this trend impacts the numbers of people living in single family dwellings. The reality is that cost and not need determine new housing starts and the shortage of family homes will continue to be critical for most First Nations communities now and into the future. Housing programs will continue to be challenged to do more with less. It is within this environment that the Ahtahkakoop housing team will focus its efforts in 2010. Our business plan will deliver a review of housing policy provisions and compliance; improved business processes to manage costs and maximize efficiencies for its supplier and contractor services. The housing team will also enhance best practises in property maintenance; Management will prepare community housing projections; promote and develop on-site trades training and the development of asset inventory and asset management protocols. Housing management commits to providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees. Housing management will ensure program activities and financial reporting requirements are timely and transparent. Community engagement efforts will invite the membership to join the team in its efforts to instill a new community housing philosophy. The philosophy we propose recognizes that shelter is a benefit, that we share responsibility for property maintenance and that the people of Ahtahkakoop take pride in community appearance.
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