HOUSING INVESTMENT for Métis Capital Housing!
In collaboration with the government of Alberta and CMHC, Métis Capital Housing made an announcement to build 23 affordable homes in Edmonton. The following is an excerpt from the official announcement.
Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the governments of Canada and Alberta will fund a Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) affordable housing project to provide homes and create jobs in the community. An affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta, MCHC works to provide safe, affordable housing for Indigenous people in Alberta.
The affordable housing development will provide 23 new homes in Edmonton. The modern homes will help meet the demand for affordable housing in the community and are located close to schools, transit and medical centres. The housing project will create an estimated 60 jobs in the province.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with provincial Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon, and Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson made the announcement today.
The Government of Canada, through CMHC, and the Alberta government, will jointly contribute $6.95 million through the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy (NHS). The total project budget is nearly $8 million, which includes a Métis Capital Housing Corporation contribution of $840,000.
The Alberta government will fund the project through its newly redesigned Indigenous Housing Capital Program.
The Government of Canada will continue to address needs of Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement for provinces and territories, and Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now.
By working together we are benefiting our communities.
“Through the National Housing Strategy, it is with great pleasure that our Government, is supporting projects like the Métis Capital Housing Corporation, so that collectively, we are better able to lift vulnerable populations of all races, age, and gender, find a home that meets their needs. These types of investments in our communities help create new jobs and stimulate the economy, while providing access to safe, affordable homes.” — The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
“Alberta’s government is proud to partner with the Métis Capital Housing Corporation to provide new homes and create jobs for Indigenous Albertans. The Indigenous Housing Capital Program is intended to support housing designed, delivered and owned by, and for, Indigenous communities.” – Josephine Pon, Provincial Minister of Seniors and Housing
“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and accessible home and this important project will provide good homes for families and help address the high demand for housing in Edmonton. This project is a good example of what we can accomplish when different orders of governments and Indigenous governments and organizations work together for the benefit of communities.” – Rick Wilson, Provincial Minister of Indigenous Relations
“Having witnessed the accomplishments of our housing branch, I know the role it has, and continues to play, in the lives of Indigenous Albertans. We understand the various needs of our community and design programs to meet those needs. Through Métis Capital Housing Corporation, the Métis Nation of Alberta strives to provide safe and affordable housing to our communities. This agreement will enhance our ability to continue doing just that, by building 23 new units for Indigenous families in Edmonton. These new buildings will go a long way to filling the gap in affordable housing availability for our citizens” – Audrey Poitras, President, Métis Nation of Alberta
UPDATE: March 17, 2020
Our Nihgi Seniors Lodge is fully operational but is now closed to tours and visitors. If you have an elder/senior(s) at the Lodge, you have already been contacted with access details.
If you have any further questions regarding Nihgi Seniors Lodge, please call 780-471-2443 or 1-877-458-8684.
Our Head Office in Edmonton as well as all other offices will not be open to visitors. We are also limiting visitor access to Edmonton’s Renaissance Tower and Calgary’s Ephram Bouvier Manor to "vital support" visitors.
A letter has been sent to all our tenants detailing a few minor changes but, other than this, it is business as usual.
The Management & Staff of Métis Housing
March 13, 2020
Official Statement from Métis Housing regarding COVID-19
As we continue to serve our families and tenants across the province of Alberta we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure those tenants, families and our staff are not put at additional risk.
As an organisation, we have implemented some changes to our programs and services to ensure opportunities for risk of exposure is lessened. We have suspended quarterly home visits and our maintenance department is only addressing emergency maintenance calls until further notice.
Although the current risk level for Alberta is low, we are doing everything we can to continue the containment and mitigation of risk. Our housing offices and all other services continue to operate normally and without interruption. We are implementing our corporate pandemic plan and have a dedicated internal team regularly monitoring developments and responding to issues. The situation is fluid and we are prepared to make any necessary changes to maintain the safety of staff and tenants accordingly.
We encourage all Albertans to diligently follow precautionary measures outlined by Alberta Health Services as we all need to play a role in mitigating the spread of this coronavirus. We will continue to provide regular updates by mail, email, phone, website and our various social media platforms. Please contact us for any questions or concerns you may have at 1-877-458-8684 or visit our website: www.metishousing.ca
As circumstances evolve, please know that all of us here at Métis Housing are doing everything we can to manage and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of our tenants, employees and our communities as our core priority.
We currently provide almost 900 affordable housing units across the province of Alberta in fourteen urban centres: Bonnyville, Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, St Paul and Slave Lake.
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