Questions raised over rental subsidies

Data being used to set earning limits for rental subsidies in Okotoks is inaccurate according to local housing officials who say changes are needed.

The Provincial government uses rental market data from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to help determine whether someone can qualify for a rental subsidy in Okotoks.

Foothills Foundation CAO Lauren Ingalls said CMHC’s fall 2012 rental market report doesn’t accurately reflect the realities in Okotoks because the organization only looked at 112 apartments for its survey. It did not look at properties such as houses, condos or basement suites being rented out.

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