What does commission mean in this context:

a volunteer who fixes up old, dilapidated houses for better community housing commission

I looked it up in the Oxford dictionary, but it doesn't seem to match any of the senses.

Source: The ILI English Series, High-intermediate 3, page 44

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    Are you sure that is what the original said? A "Community Housing Commission"would be a governmental body of some kind whose mission was to improve housing options for the community, especially for those with low incomes. But I don't know what "better...commission" could mean here.
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 9:46
  • BTW, what is the noun that this phrase defines?
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 9:49
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo: Just updated my question.
    – user46678
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 10:04
  • Even if the intended meaning has something to do with readying housing for community use (to put more community housing in commission), the adjective "better" is not idiomatic as a modifier of "commission" (in that sense of the word).
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 10:09
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    "...for the Better Community Housing Commission" would be idiomatic, yes. But not without the article. This is what I was suggesting in my first comment above. "Better" could be part of its name.
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 10:18

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The dictionary gives a good definition for this context:

commission (n): a group of people who have been formally chosen and given the authority to get information about a problem or to perform other special duties:

However this particular question has a couple of confusing grammatical errors. First of all, the name of the commission should be capitalized, to make it clear it's a proper noun. Second, the name should include the definite article "the":

... for the Better Housing Commission

You would assume the people who write a test will use perfect English, but even native speakers sometimes make mistakes.

Side note: No one ever says "a disorder that is a deficit in paying attention". Again this is a condition with a proper name that should always be used and often capitalized

... with children who have Attention Deficit Disorder

or ADD for short.

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