The Trust has developed a First Nations Housing Sustainability Initiative to support First Nations communities in the Basin with enhancing and increasing their local affordable housing.
The Trust worked together with the communities of Yaqan Nukiy, Ɂakisq’nuk, Ɂaq’am, Tobacco Plains and Shuswap. Each community identified affordable housing needs and ways the Trust could provide support to help address those needs.
This three-year, $5.5-million initiative is a result of those discussions and offers support in three areas in each First Nations community.
Asset Management and Capacity Building
The Trust provides grants to help First Nations communities enhance their housing management capacity. This may include specialized training, software, equipment and tools, condition assessments, consultants and other associated expenses.
Energy Retrofits and Repairs
The Trust provides grants to support energy retrofits, health and safety enhancements and building repairs.
The Trust provides support to complete the preparatory work required to plan a new project and capital grants to create new units of band-owned affordable housing.
Affordable housing and First Nations relationships are two of the Trust’s strategic priorities in the 2016–2020 Columbia Basin Management Plan, and creating and maintaining affordable housing is the focus of the 2018/19–2020/21 Housing Initiatives Strategic Framework.