National Anti-Poverty Organization Housing Program
Publisher: National Anti-Poverty Organization, Canada
Organization profile published 1977
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX478
Recently the National Anti-Poverty Organization initiated the start of its housing program with pilot projects in Parson's Pond and Three Mile Rock, Newfoundland.
Abstract: Recently the National Anti-Poverty Organization initiated the start of its housing program with pilot projects in Parson's Pond and Three Mile Rock, Newfoundland. Using the principles of the NAPO self-help development corporation proposal (see CISS #416) NAPO has attempted to design a program to bring decent housing and employment to the poor of Canada. NAPO hopes to bring these programs to communities in Newfoundland starting with the Northern Peninsula. Projects in at least two other provinces are being planned for 1978; the situation in New Brunswick and in urban areas are presently being investigated.
The most significant contribution of NAPO's involvement is the expertise of many volunteers in the construction business. NAPO has formed a construction arm called NAPO-CON which will employ the unemployed, train some people in various aspects of construction and provide volunteer consultants for everything from land planning engineering to cost accounting. Planning the program also involved consultation with experts in job training, employment, business, economics, government departments, and social services. Members of the community itself were also consulted. Parson's Pond was chosen because it marks the start of an economically depressed area. The program will continue to move northward.
At this moment, the project consists of repairing and building new houses for the working poor and those on fixed incomes. The program also creates employment in an area where the unemployment rate is 80%. By 1978, NAPO hopes to see repairs completed on at least twenty houses and at least five new houses built; in addition approximately twenty jobs will be created.
The NAPO housing program is also taking advantage of existing programs under the National Housing Act. One N.H.A. program allows a write-off of the first $3,750.00 for repairs. Long term loans are provided for sums to $10,000. People who do seasonal work can have their payments deferred until they begin work. In cases where a new house is necessary, the potential buyer may cover the down payment through working on his house or through using his own land as a down payment. There is a twenty-five year mortgage which can be subsidized or negotiated according to the owner's income.
[This organization was renamed "Canada Without Poverty" in 2009.]