New affordable rental homes are now open for Indigenous peoples in Cranbrook.
This is thanks to a partnership between the Province, Columbia Basin Trust, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and the Aqanttanam Housing Society.
“Affordable housing is a concern across the entire Columbia Basin, and it remains a priority for the trust to help communities increase local housing options,” said Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust. “We are thrilled to see the results of the Aqanttanam Housing Society’s efforts, and all the partners involved, as together we are making a difference in the lives of people in Basin communities.”
Located at 520 B Hurry Ave. N.W., the Chief Agnes McCoy Centre provides 39 new homes for Indigenous families, Elders and individuals. The three-storey wood-frame building provides one-, two- and three-bedroom homes with monthly rents ranging from $555 (one bedroom) to $838 (three bedrooms). People moved into their new homes in January.
The building is named in honour of the late Agnes McCoy, an elected Chief and respected Elder from Aqam. Chief McCoy was also one of the founders of the Aqanttanam Housing Society, which operates the building.
The Aqanttanam Housing Society provided the land valued at $520,000. The Columbia Basin Trust provided a $454,200 grant for the project.
Learn more about the Trust’s work in Affordable Housing.