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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 24, 2018

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Homalco takes steps to address housing

Homalco’s leadership is making strides in improving housing in their community.

Recently, a Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council team was invited to work with Homalco administration to host a community meeting about housing. During the meeting, we looked at the nation’s current housing situation and started a discussion about what members would like housing to look like in the future.

The community meeting was well-attended and included presentations, discussions and a question and answer portion. Members were able to talk about their concerns about housing in the community, and a group of Homalco children shared paintings they created depicting their creative visions for the future.

A team from Naut’sa mawt shared information about the importance of developing a housing policy that everyone understands and trusts. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation consultant Neil Barrett also spoke about the opportunities that are available through CMHC for First Nations.

There was an openness to the meeting, and a willingness to listen and share from everyone who was there. Housing has been a challenge for many First Nations, and these first steps Homalco has taken to focus on this is just the beginning.