Affordable GAP rental and social housing – rural hamlets

In addition to Fort McMurray, WBHDC also provides affordable housing with slightly different criteria and a different funding model in three of Wood Buffalo’s largely Aboriginal hamlets, Conklin, Janvier and Fort Chipewyan.

Twelve single-family detached homes in both Conklin and Janvier are rented under the affordable GAP housing and social housing programs as part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to rural and Aboriginal housing. These homes are intended for long-term residents of the community with children. The maximum annual household income threshold for these units is reviewed every year.

Six single-family homes in Fort Chipewyan are administered under the social housing portfolio and are provided to qualifying individuals and families at rental rates generally calculated as a fixed percentage of income, which ensures housing costs do not deplete earnings.  Provincial funding for rent subsidies enables WBHDC to offer social housing at less than its cost to operate.

Rent is calculated using the rules of the Alberta Housing Act. Rent includes heat, water and sewer costs. Tenants pay for electricity.  Rent is due and payable, in full, on or before the first business day of each month.  Tenants may arrange with WBHDC for a direct debit transfer from their bank account or drop off their rent payment at the Applications Office during regular office business hours.

WBHDC also offers support services to help social housing clients reduce their reliance upon social assistance through substance abuse programs, job skills training, and other means that address impediments to independence.

Tenants who qualify for social housing must complete an Annual Income Review form every year, which ensures the tenant still qualifies for subsidized housing and to determine the following year’s rent.  The form is mailed to tenants approximately four months before their anniversary date but can also be downloaded below.  If a tenant’s gross monthly income changes, in which case rent might be lowered, or someone moves in or out of the unit, then rent will be recalculated based on the new circumstances.  The Change of Information form can be downloaded below.

Annual Income Review form

Change of Information form

To download an Affordable GAP Rental Housing Application form for housing in Conklin and Janvier, click the link below.  The application is the same for both Fort McMurray and rural affordable GAP housing.

Affordable GAP Rental Housing Application Form

Eligibility for social housing is strictly financial.  To qualify for social housing, your income must be insufficient for you to afford either market-priced or affordable GAP rental accommodations.  Social housing programs are funded by the Government of Alberta and administered in Wood Buffalo by WBHDC, which is a designated housing management body.

Rental payments for social housing are calculated using the rules of the Alberta Housing Act.  Rent includes heat, water and sewer; tenants pay for electricity, phone and, if desired, cable and Internet service.  Social housing clients may occupy rental accommodations specifically built for social housing or they may receive rent subsidies that enable them to pay the rent elsewhere.  The Alberta Housing Act may be viewed online at the website of the Alberta Queen’s Printer by clicking on the link below.

Alberta Housing Act 

An applicant’s eligibility is determined in consultation with WBHDC in person at its Applications Office.  Once an applicant’s eligibility is confirmed, he or she will be given a Social Housing Application form or Direct Rent Subsidy Application form.  If social housing units or rent subsidy funding are currently available, the applicant will be placed; otherwise, he or she will be put on a wait list.

Applications Office
Suite 203, 10020 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB   T9H 2K6
Phone: (780) 743-4140
Toll-free in Wood Buffalo: 1-888-799-4050
Fax: (780) 715-1547
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information about affordable GAP rental housing in Conklin and Janvier, or social housing in Fort Chipewyan, contact our Applications Office by telephone.

Affordable GAP rental and social housing – rural hamlets portfolio

Affordable GAP rental and social housing – rural hamlets Built Units Program Details Vacancy
Anzac n/a 1 Social One single-family detached home Y/N
Conklin Varies 12 GAP Six two-bedroom and six four-bedroom homes. Y/N
Fort Chipewyan Varies 6 Social Six refurbished single family homes. Y/N
Janvier 2005-06 12 GAP Eight new homes and four log homes. Y/N

To download an Affordable GAP Rental Housing Application form for housing in Conklin and Janvier, click the link below.  The application is the same for both Fort McMurray and rural affordable GAP housing.

Affordable GAP Rental Housing Application Form