VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia is inviting Indigenous housing providers, First Nations and other Indigenous organizations to submit proposals for the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund (IHF).
The fund provides approximately $1.8 billion to build 500 new homes for Indigenous families, individuals and Elders, on and off reserve. To date, more than 1,500 IHF homes are open or underway throughout B.C., a release stated.
“In 2018, we became the first province in Canada to invest in First Nations’ housing on reserve, a federal jurisdiction. With this latest call for proposals, we’re proud to be building on that work and partnering with the Indigenous housing sector to ensure Indigenous people everywhere in B.C. have access to the safe and affordable housing they need. This is one of the ways we are moving forward on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in B.C.,” provincial Minister of Housing Ravi Kahlon said in a statement.
BC Housing will accept proposals for the IHF until April 30, 2024 and the proposals will be evaluated. Projects totalling approximately 1,200 units are expected to be announced by summer 2024.
This is the second request for proposals for the Indigenous Housing Fund. The first RFP was announced in November 2018. In June 2018, B.C. announced an approximately $550 million investment over 10 years to build and operate 1,750 units of social housing for Indigenous people, both on and off reserve, and invested an additional $1.3 billion through the 2023 budget to double the number of IHF spaces to a total of 3,500.