New Indigenous housing "A great opportunity to help the people come home"

Topic(s): Housing, Buildings

"This housing project is going to have a significant impact to help people get back up on their feet." – Chief Grace Cunningham, Katzie First Nation. There is a critical need for better housing for Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. The Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund includes money for nearly 780 off-reserve homes and close to 370 homes on-reserve. This makes BC the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. And it's starting to make a difference. The B.C. government is working in partnership to build 114,000 affordable homes that cover the full spectrum of housing needs for British Columbians by 2028. Budget 2018 included a $7-billion investment in the homes people need. As a result of that investment, more than 22,000 new homes are completed, under construction or in the approvals process for a range of people who are struggling to find a place to live, from people who are experiencing homelessness and seniors on fixed incomes, to middle-income families, students and individuals. As of Aug. 31, 2019, this includes approximately 1,170 homes for Indigenous peoples, on- and off-reserve. Learn more here.