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Alberta, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): An investment of $32 million will be made by the Alberta government over three years in development of the Indigenous Housing Capital Program (IHCP) to increase the supply of affordable off-reserve, off-settlement and on-settlement housing for Indigenous communities, media reports said.
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Indigenous governments and organizations would be prioritized for funding by IHCP.
Non-Indigenous housing management bodies and other operators, will only be eligible for funding if they apply with an Indigenous partner.
Since indigenous housing providers will have more autonomy to manage their assets, public and private developers are being encouraged by this redesign of housing market to partner with Indigenous governments and organizations to create economic opportunity and support.
IHCP's guiding principle to support housing designed, delivered and owned by, and for, Indigenous communities would serve to maintain a partnership with Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples in pursuit of reconciliation, inclusion and opportunity, said Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing in a news release.
Josephine Pon. Image credit: Twitter handle
“We all know that Indigenous people are grossly overrepresented...in those experiencing homelessness. Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and accessible home...achieving that goal for many,” Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations said in a news release.
“Housing is a basic need and there is a significant gap in access to this need in our nation. Through our Métis Urban Housing and Métis Capital Housing corporations, the Métis Nation of Alberta strives to provide safe, clean and affordable housing to our citizens most in need,’’Aaron Barner, senior executive officer, Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis Capital Housing Corporation said in the news release.
Paul First Nation worked with the government of Alberta’s Seniors and Housing and the private sector during the last 18 months with a commitment to develop an off-reserve housing strategy to provide access to safe, secure, adequate and affordable housing and would be "going forward on this excellent opportunity and working with the Alberta government,’’ Cynthia Rain, off-reserve housing project manager, Paul First Nation said in a news release.