HOPE, B.C. — Indigenous people in the Hope, B.C. area have new rental housing options.
The recently completed rental building project is a partnership between the province, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society (MQHS).
“We know how much these homes are needed for Indigenous families and individuals in Hope,” said David Eby, attorney general and the minister responsible for housing, in a statement. “Indigenous housing projects like this are starting to open their doors in communities throughout the province, and that’s thanks to the hard work of partners like AHMA and Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society. Our hope is the federal government follows our lead in funding new Indigenous housing across the province.”
Located at 755 Old Hope Princeton Way, the project creates 45 homes for Indigenous families, Elders and individuals, including a 37-unit apartment building and eight townhouse units. All units have rents geared to income, with tenants paying no more than 30 per cent of gross household income toward rent. The project is targeted to those with moderate and low incomes, with priority given to Indigenous applicants.
Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society (MQHS) operates the development, named the Riverstone.
“MQHS is so excited to open operations in the District of Hope and looks forward to bringing 45 units of much-needed Indigenous housing to the community,” said Janice Silver, chief executive officer, Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society. “The Riverstone will be a wonderful place for residents to have a sense of community and enjoy family life.”
People started moving into the building this month.