Federal government and CMHC announce investment in Indigenous housing in Vancouver
The federal government, in collaboration with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, announced a new multi-million dollar investment with the acquisition of the Deluxe Hotel in East Vancouver, which will be renovated and converted into housing space. for indigenous peoples.
Federal funding of $ 9 million will be provided under the Project component of the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) and will go towards the development of supportive housing that will provide “a much needed additional option for homeless Indigenous peoples in the region. community to access safe and secure housing with culturally appropriate support services, ”CMHC said.
“Building housing quickly in large urban centers like Vancouver and responding to the specific needs and challenges municipalities face in the housing sector is a critical and necessary step our government has taken to end chronic homelessness. This housing is desperately needed in our community and throughout Vancouver, ”said Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Center.
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Located at 3505 Kingsway, the project is located near a Skytrain station, Translink bus service hub and a diverse selection of retail amenities.
The renovations are expected to begin immediately and should be completed in early 2022.
The non-profit Lu’ma Native Housing Society will own and operate the homes.
“We are grateful to our partners who made this procurement a reality and we are delighted to welcome 24 Indigenous residents to these supportive housing units,” said Kent Patenaude, President of Lu’ma Native Housing Society . “Residents will receive a hot meal, support staff and access to a variety of culturally appropriate support services.”