The government of British Columbia is investing $ 231 million to build more than 1,100 new affordable housing for Indigenous residents in & # 39; communities across the province.
The first set of & # 39; & # selected homes through 39; new fund & # 39; Indigenous housing including nearly 780 off-reserve housing and close to 370 houses on reserve, and b & # 39; so the province was the first to invest in & # 39; akkomod on reserve, said the government in a news release.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson made the announcement Saturday on reservation & # 39; Katzie First Nation in & # 39; Pitt Meadows, receiving $ 7.8 million for 39 units & # 39 ; on-reserve housing for youth, seniors and families.
Katzie Chief Grace Leon Cunningham said she really grateful that the project & # 39; housing community has been approved.
"The needs identified by our community members outside as well as on the reservation are significant and the vision of the model & # 39; living & # 39; support created a step & # 39; hereinafter not only housing, but to heal & # 39 ;, & # 39 said in; statement.
"It's a landmark gift to our community that will have a significant impact for generations to come."
The government said that 1143 new homes will be built over the next two to four & # 39; years and are part of a commitment & # 39; 10 years and 550 million to build 1,750 units of & # 39; new social housing for Indigenous residents.
very proud to make this historic statement & # 39; homes in partnership with & # 39; @AHMA_BC and First Nations.
About 148 homes will be within the province, 288 north, 244 in the Fraser region, 269 in the area & # 39; and 194 in Vancouver Island & # 39; Vancouver.
BC Housing will work with & # 39; & # 39 indigenous suppliers; non-profit housing & # 39; profits and First Nations to finalize the projects over the next few months, and another call & # 39; proposal is anticipated for spring 2020, the government said.
"We have a very long way"
The announcement received praise from groups representing First Nations but also warned that more should be done.
"The housing situation for most of Nations communities CB was first denied by dozens & # 39; year & # 39; policies and patterns & # 39; federal government funding has not kept our -ħtiġijiet, nor economic migration ", said Regional Chief Terry Teegee of BC Assembly & # 39; First Nations in & # 39; statement.
"This provincial funding starts to make a difference, but we still have a long way to ensure adequate supply and housing & # 39; good quality in the communities in which our rapidly expanding. We will continue to work with both levels of government to repel back crisis became monumental challenge. "