Indigenous individuals and families are moving into 124 rental homes they can afford, as doors have opened on a new development in Colwood.
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/