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CANADA SUPPORTS RAPID HOUSING PROJECTS FOR FIRST NATIONS IN NORTHERN ALBERTA


EDMONTON, AB, Feb. 16, 2023 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Finance, and Chief Neil Cheecham, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation announced a combined federal investment of more than $5 million through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) Project Stream to support rapid housing projects for two Indigenous communities in Northern Alberta.

Through the RHI, these projects will facilitate the immediate construction of 10 tiny homes for the Mikisew Cree Nation on the Allison Bay Reserve near Fort Chipewyan, and 10 modular homes on the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation at Gregoire Lake. Of the 10 modular homes in Fort McMurray, three homes will have two bedrooms and seven will have four bedrooms, with half of the homes being allocated for women and their children.

The projects will provide safe and affordable housing to people who are at-risk of homelessness, allowing them to remain in their communities.

Funding for the projects include:

The RHI, delivered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of the National Housing Strategy (NHS), provides capital contributions to develop new, permanent affordable housing. It covers costs associated with the construction of modular multi-unit rentals, the conversion of non-residential to affordable multi-residential homes, and the rehabilitation of buildings in disrepair and/or abandoned into affordable multi-residential homes. These investments made under the RHI are expected to support thousands of construction-related jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Quotes:

"No relationship is more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. Our support for Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, and Mikisew Cree First Nation will ensure residents have access to safe, affordable housing in their own communities. These projects not only deliver more housing opportunities, they also support the social and economic well-being of the entire community. Through our government's National Housing Strategy, we are working with Indigenous partners to ensure Indigenous communities have access to housing that meets their needs." ? The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

"Today's funding is an investment into the social fabric of First Nation communities in Northern Alberta, keeping them together with increased funding for affordable housing. Under Canada's first National Housing Strategy, we are working with Indigenous partners to build rapid housing in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast; because everyone deserves access to affordable housing." - The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

"Providing safe and affordable housing for our Members in need is a priority within our Community Strategic Plan to ensure our Nation and our People thrive. This federal funding, coupled with our Nation's contribution, will enable us to support more of our Members living on reserve, improving their quality of life and offering dignity and the opportunity to stay connected to the community, our lands, and our culture." ? Chief Neil Cheecham, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation

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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation


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