A pair of local Indigenous groups are getting funding injections from the province to help with affordable housing projects.
The province is spending $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 new units of social housing for Indigenous peoples.
Aqanttanam Housing Society executive director Austin Parisien says they’re getting $7.8 million to help build a 3 story, 39 unit development in Cranbrook.
“We’ve been working with engineers and architects already, and with the city with our building permit applications and so-on, so we’re ready to go, we’ve got plans, we’ve got drawings to work through it, we’ve got engineers.”
Shovels are expected to hit the ground in June with an estimated completion date in coming in August, 2020.
“We purchased the land on 629 6th Street Northwest, which is on the corner of Hurry Avenue in Slaterville, on the corner is the House of Hope, we’re planning on leaving that building there for the time-being, but beside it there’s a vacant lot and that’s where we’re building this.”
The project’s estimated price tag is $9.5 million, the $7.8 million in provincial funds will allow the housing society to keep the units below market value.
Elsewhere, Windermere’s Akisqnuk First Nation gets $1 million to help build six homes.
– Austin Parisien – Executive Director, Aqanttanam Housing Society