The Chard Mtis in Janvier are buying land to help combat the hamlet’s homeless problem.
Wood Buffalo council approved selling five lots last week to allow the community to move forward with creating affordable housing units.
Administration was originally recommending they sell the land at market value, however, Councillor Jane Stroud asked to change the price to a nominal fee – which was unanimously supported.
The Mtis group is receiving funds from Cenovus Energy for the project.
Back in January, the oil company announced they would be providing $50 million to help combat homelessness in rural areas. This included Janvier and Conklin.
Housing problems aren’t unique to these communities as all the rural areas across Wood Buffalo claim to be dealing with multiple issues. This includes homes being overcrowded and many having to couch surf.
Cenovus expects its funds will help build roughly 200 homes over the next five years.