Dozens in Calgary subsidized housing making $100G a year

An affordable housing tower. SUN FILE PHOTO

An affordable housing tower. SUN FILE PHOTO

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:35 AM ET

CALGARY -- The provincial government should amend legislation so that dozens of people who live in subsidized housing and earn over $100,000 a year can be evicted, says the Alberta head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

"Government-owned housing is meant for those who could not otherwise put a roof over their head," Derek Fildebrandt said.

"It's not meant for people to live a little bit easier or to be able to sock a bit more money away."

With 3,397 Calgarians on a waiting list to get into subsidized housing, Fildebrandt said documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 837 people making between $50,000 and $171,000 are occupying units controlled by Calgary Housing Company (CHC).

That breaks down to 31 people making above $100,000, 53 making between $80,000 and $100,000 and 753 earning between $50,000 and $80,000.

"A lot of those units are being taken up by people who don't need them," said Fildebrandt.


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