Indigenous individuals and families are moving into 124 rental homes they can afford, as doors have opened on a new development in Colwood.
“This project offers safe, affordable new housing for Indigenous peoples in Colwood, housing that is badly needed,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Our government is proud to be working in partnership with Indigenous organizations and First Nations to build homes like these, and we continue to urge the federal government to match these investments for Indigenous peoples across the province.”
Located at 342 Wale Rd., the six-storey building provides 70 one-bedroom units (six are accessible), 42 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units. All units are rent geared to income, with tenants paying no more than 30% of gross household income toward rent.
The focus of the project is on providing housing for Indigenous peoples in the Greater Victoria region, although some units are available to non-Indigenous families.
The project is a partnership between the Province, the Aboriginal Land Trust Society (ALT), Lu’ma Native Housing Society and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. The development is owned by ALT and is being operated by Lu’ma. The Huu-ay-aht First Nations helped ALT and Lu’ma with tenant selection.
At the entrance of the building is a 12-metre (40-foot) metal art installation entitled Healing Moon by contemporary Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait. Featuring a copper moon surrounded by four wolves, the image reflects health, balance and security.
- The Province provided a $24.8-million grant for the project through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund and is providing annual operating funding of approximately $858,000.
- The Indigenous Housing Fund is a 10-year, $550-million investment to build and operate 1,750 new homes, on and off reserve. With this commitment, B.C. became the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing – a federal jurisdiction.
- Including these 124 new homes, there are more than 1,100 Indigenous Housing Fund homes completed or underway in 26 communities throughout B.C.
A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.