SAANICH — The recently opened affordable housing development on the Tsawout First Nation near Central Saanich represents a significant stride in Indigenous housing, bolstered by notable financial commitments and innovative partnerships.
The project, featuring 28 homes for Indigenous individuals, was made possible through a land lease from the Underwood Trust to the Salish Sea Housing Society.
The project received substantial backing from the provincial government. BC Housing contributed $6.1 million through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund (IHF) and has committed to approximately $536,000 in annual operating funding.
This funding is part of a broader fiscal landscape, where Budget 2023 allocated an additional $1.3 billion to the IHF.
This increase brings the total IHF budget to $1.8 billion, earmarked for constructing 3,500 units of social housing for Indigenous peoples both on and off reserves.
The Tsawout First Nation housing development, located at 7611 Central Saanich Rd., incorporates a mix of two- and three-bedroom units, each equipped with modern amenities. The site also features communal spaces designed to foster community interaction, including a playground and areas for barbecuing and gathering.