Governments announce massive investment in new Indigenous housing

New development in British Columbia to rise at on-Nation ground

Governments announce massive investment in new Indigenous housing

Federal and local government officials, together with a coalition of concerned organizations, have announced a combined investment of over $25 million to support the development of affordable housing as part of the Kitselas Community Housing Project in British Columbia.

The government of Canada is contributing $3 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), along with $4.2 million through the Canada Community Housing Initiative (CCHI). The BC government is also investing more than $2 million.

Situated in on-Nation ground at 2350 Gitaus Road and operated by Kitselas Housing Society, the project will feature 40 units of culturally appropriate, low-cost rental housing for those in greatest need.

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The project will specifically address the needs of the Nation’s families, youth, Elders, and people living with disabilities, the developers said. With a mix of one-, two- and three- bedroom homes, the development’s units will be designed to be wheelchair accessible or adaptable.

“Indigenous Peoples face disproportionate challenges when it comes to finding and securing a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Murray Rankin, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “That’s why our government is developing housing like these new homes for people and families with diverse needs and mixed incomes to ensure that everyone in BC has a safe and affordable place to call their own.”