Housing: HOUSING APPEALS POLICY

PURPOSE
All decisions made by the Snuneymuxw First Nation Housing Committee and Housing Department are subject to appeal by any member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

2. APPEAL DEADLINE
Members who wish to appeal any decision or action, must make an Application to Appeal within fourteen (14) days of the date that the decision was made.

3. APPEAL PROCEDURE
The Applicant will make a written application to appeal and submit it to the Housing Coordinator. The Application to Appeal must list all the grounds upon which the Appeal is based. An Applicant is entitled to one Appeal hearing on any given issue.
The Housing Coordinator will review the appeal application and will respond to the person appealing (the “Appellant”) within five (5) business days. At the Appellant’s request, the Housing Coordinator will meet with the Appellant to try to facilitate a resolution of the matter within the housing policy framework.
If the Housing Coordinator cannot resolve the matter and the Appellant requests it, the Application to Appeal will be forwarded to the Appeal Review Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will try to facilitate a resolution of the matter within the housing policy framework if that is possible.
If the matter cannot be resolved by the Subcommittee, and the Appellant has not withdrawn the appeal, it will be referred to arbitration through the British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute. The Arbitrator will establish the date, place and conditions under which the appeal will be heard. Both the Appellant and Housing Coordinator will appear before the Arbitrator.

4. FINALITY OF DECISION
The decision of the Arbitrator is final and is binding on both the Appellant and Housing.

5. COST
If the decision of the Arbitrator is in favour of Housing, the Appellant will be responsible for the cost of arbitration. If the decision of the Arbitrator is split between both parties, the Appellant will be responsible for one half of the cost of arbitration. If the decision of the Arbitrator is in favour of the Appellant, Housing will pay the total cost of the arbitration.
If Appellant cannot immediately pay the cost of arbitration, the Appellant will enter into a Housing Arrears Repayment Agreement with Housing for the cost of the arbitration.

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