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New affordable homes open for Indigenous peoples in Hope

New affordable homes open for Indigenous peoples in Hope

July 2, 2021 at 2:32 pm  BC, News, Politics

New affordable rental homes are now open for Indigenous peoples in Hope, thanks to a partnership between the Province, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society (MQHS).

“We know how much these homes are needed for Indigenous families and individuals in Hope,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Indigenous housing projects like this are starting to open their doors in communities throughout the province, and that’s thanks to the hard work of partners like AHMA and Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society. Our hope is the federal government follows our lead in funding new Indigenous housing across the province.”

Located at 755 Old Hope Princeton Way, the project provides 45 homes for Indigenous families, Elders and individuals, including a 37-unit apartment building and eight townhouse units. All units have rents geared to income, with tenants paying no more than 30% of gross household income toward rent. The project is targeted to those with moderate and low incomes, with priority given to Indigenous applicants.

Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society (MQHS) operates the development, named the Riverstone.

“MQHS is so excited to open operations in the District of Hope and looks forward to bringing 45 units of much-needed Indigenous housing to the community,” said Janice Silver, chief executive officer, Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society. “The Riverstone will be a wonderful place for residents to have a sense of community and enjoy family life.”

People started moving into their new homes on July 2, 2021.

Quotes:

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Management Housing Association –

“MQHS is a success story of an Indigenous non-profit housing society utilizing strategic divestments to ultimately reinvest back into their community. They were able to turn their $8 million of investment into over $60 million in assets and housing stock, which includes the land used to build these 45 much-needed new homes. These new homes will broaden a sense of community for all future residents and the town of Hope.”

Peter Robb, mayor, District of Hope –

“The District of Hope welcomes Mamel’awt Qweesome Housing Society as a new and valued member of our community. The housing it will provide is clearly needed, and it is reassuring to know that there are government and non-profit societies that are undertaking this important work with us.”

Quick Facts:

  • Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society provided the land for the project, valued at approximately $1 million.
  • The Province provided a $9-million grant for the project through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund and is providing annual operating funding of up to about $485,000.
  • The Indigenous Housing Fund is a 10-year, $550-million investment to build and operate 1,750 new homes, on and off reserve. With this commitment, B.C. became the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing – a federal jurisdiction.
  • Including these homes, there are more than 1,100 Indigenous Housing Fund homes completed or underway in 26 communities throughout B.C.

Learn More:

A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC

To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/

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