The government of British Columbia is investing $ 231 million to build more than 1,100 new affordable homes for indigenous residents in communities across the province.
The first set of houses selected through a new indigenous housing fund includes about 780 houses outside the reserve and close to 370 houses in reserve, making the province the first to invest in own housing, the government said in a press release.
The Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, made the announcement Saturday at the Katzie First Nation Reservation in Pitt Meadows, which is receiving $ 7.8 million for 39 housing units in the reserve for young people, the elderly and families.
Katzie Chief of Staff Leon Cunningham said he was extremely grateful that the community housing project was approved.
"The needs identified by members of our community both outside and inside the reserve are significant and the vision of the living model of support that was created is a stepping stone not only to live but to heal," she said in a statement.
"It's a monumental gift to our community that will have a significant impact on future generations."
The government said 1,143 new homes will be built in the next two to four years and are part of a 10-year $ 550 million commitment to build 1,750 new housing units for indigenous residents.
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About 148 residences will be in the interior of the province, 288 in the north, 244 in the Fraser region, 269 in the Vancouver area and 194 in Vancouver Island.
BC Housing will work with indigenous nonprofit and First Nations housing providers to finalize projects in the coming months, and a second call for proposals is scheduled for spring 2020, the government said.
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The announcement received praise from groups representing First Nations, but they also warned that more work should be done.
"The housing situation of many First Nations communities has been hampered by decades of federal government funding policies and models that do not meet our needs or economic fluctuations," said BC regional head Terry Teegee. Assembly of First Nations in a statement.
"This provincial funding will begin to make a difference, but we still have a long way to go to ensure adequate supply and good quality housing in our rapidly growing communities. We will continue to work with both levels of government to reverse a crisis. has become a monumental challenge. "