In the ongoing quest to create affordable housing across the province, the B.C. government announced today they'll be funding new homes in 26 Indigenous communities across the province, including the Upper Nicola Band.
Over $231 million will be provided by the province's Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund to build 1,143 affordable houses for both on- and off-reserve First Nations.
The Upper Nicola Band will be receiving $4.8 million for the construction of 24 homes over the next two to four years.
The announcement was made today in Pitt Meadows on the Katzie First Nation reserve.
“The housing situation facing Indigenous peoples in British Columbia is unacceptable,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a press release. “Through these new homes, we are working together with First Nations, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and Indigenous housing providers to take an important step toward addressing this critical need in every corner of the province.”
This first round of houses will include 776 off-reserve units and 367 units on-reserve. This specific Indigenous Housing Fund will provide $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 units of social housing.