The Government of Canada is investing over $5 million in two First Nations in the RMWB.
Through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), $2.53 million will be going toward the Mikisew Cree First Nation for the construction of 10 tiny homes, and $2.47 million will be going toward the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation for the construction of 10 modular homes.
“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,” says Chief Neil Cheecham, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, who is also receiving an additional $237,923.
“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.”
The Government of Canada says these projects will provide safe and affordable housing to people who are at risk of homelessness, allowing them to remain in their communities.
“These projects not only deliver more housing opportunities, they also support the social and economic well-being of the entire community,” says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.
“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.”
RHI is a $2.5 billion program under the National Housing Strategy to help address the urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, through the rapid construction of over 10,000 units of affordable housing.