The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she is distressed about the move because of emotional attachments after having lived in her home for 23 years, but maintenance upkeep at the co-op has deteriorated so badly in recent years.
The woman said maintenance problems include a lack of fresh air ventilation, freezing water pipes, and a tendency for her unit to get too cold. She said five or six years ago a neighbour's sewage pipe froze and caused sewage to seep into her unit.
“My neighbour's lines froze up and the sewage line was connected. Her sewage overflowed into my kitchen and it went all over the place,” she said.
“When I came home half of my living room was sopping wet. We are talking sewage here. They did not bother to call the proper people.”
She said co-op management replaced an underlying portion of the floor but didn't replace the carpeting.
Between now and July, people living in 17 subsidized housing units in the Inukshuk Housing Co-op will be relocated to various locations within the city, said Bob Bies, chief executive officer of the Yellowknife Housing Authority.