Senior received refund after going public with concerns

By Derek Cornet
November 27, 2018 - 5:21pm

Local senior Philip Chenard has been compensated for hundreds of dollars he overpaid in rent to the La Ronge Regional Housing Authority.

In a letter dated Nov. 21 from Housing Manager Sheila Woytowich to Chenard, it stated after a further review of his file and policies, it was determined there should be a change to his rent retroactively to January 2018. On the same day the letter was drafted, larongeNOW released an article about Chenard’s struggle to get his money back and he believes the story was instrumental in the recent change in decision.

“It had everything to do with it. Everything,” he said. “I have always been one to say don’t underestimate the media. Never underestimate them because a lot of people are interested in that kind of stuff.”

After the article was released, Chenard said he began receiving messages from friends across the country asking what was happening to him. It wasn’t until Nov. 23 when he received the letter from Woytowich stating $720 for nine months of overpaying rent would be credited to his account. Chenard noted they admitted there was a way to compensate him and he hopes it doesn’t happen again to another senior.

“I think they were embarrassed to the point they had to do something,” he said. “Had the article not got out, I’d probably still be battling with them.”

In an email to larongeNOW from Housing Network Executive Director Dianne Baird, she stated she was pleased to hear the tenant and the housing authority were able to resolve this issue. She was unable to comment on the specifics, but added they always encourage tenants to pursue all options available to them and they’re happy to work with them as well. 

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