Almost a thousand Northwest Territories residents are waiting for public housing to become available in their community, new data provided by the NWT Housing Corporation shows.

Many NWT communities have no option other than public housing. Applicants are scored on a points-based system that moves them up or down the waiting list.

“Where we are really stuck is in the small communities where there are limited options and limited incomes,” said Franklin Carpenter, acting chief executive of the NWT Housing Corporation, in the legislature this week.

“Right now, we are sitting with about 333 applicants [in those communities],” said Carpenter. “We have heard situations where people have sat on that list for a very long time.”