Dawson Creek Receives Funding Through Aboriginal Housing Initiative

DAWSON CREEK – Today, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom announced funding through the Aboriginal Housing Initiative (AHI) for a project in Dawson Creek.

?Today we?ve announced funding for nearly 300 Aboriginal off-reserve housing units across the province,? said Lekstrom. ?A disproportionate number of off-reserve Aboriginal people are homeless, and we can help to change that here in our community with new, affordable housing.?

The Dawson Creek Native Housing Society is receiving a grant of $7.7 million to build 25 units on property owned by the Society at 10612-17th Street. The housing will be a mix of one- to three-bedroom units, geared toward Aboriginal families and elders.

More than $50 million is being committed to create 292 housing units across the province under the AHI. In March, a proposal call was issued inviting Aboriginal non-profit societies to help build new, affordable housing off-reserve, with the goal of allocating approximately 200 new housing units. As a result of the strong partnerships in the proposals that were received, the number of new housing units allocated will increase by nearly 50 per cent from the original estimate, rising to 292 AHI housing units in 10 communities across the province.

The proposal call was issued in consultation with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA). As the first and only Aboriginal social housing management agency in Canada, AHMA was formed in B.C. in the mid-1990s and represents 14 Aboriginal housing associations across the province.

The AHI is receiving $50.9 million in one-time funds through the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing Trust designed to address the housing needs for Aboriginals living off-reserve. The Government of Canada has transferred the money to the Province, which is working with AHMA to administer the trust.