Call issued for affordable aboriginal housing proposals

Chilliwack will host one of five information meetings as the BC government seeks ways to improve access to affordable aboriginal housing.

On Thursday the government announced a $50 million fund to help aboriginal individuals and families of low to moderate incomes.

On Thursday the government announced a $50 million fund to help aboriginal individuals and families of low to moderate incomes.

Chilliwack will host one of five information meetings in the province as the provincial government seeks input on how to improve access to affordable aboriginal housing.

On Thursday the government announced a $50 million fund to help aboriginal individuals and families of low to moderate incomes.

A call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) has gone out to aboriginal housing providers and municipalities interested in creating safe, affordable homes for aboriginal people in need throughout the province, including youth, women, elders and families.

Proponents will have a chance to meet in person with government representatives at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack on June 20.

Other information meetings are being held in Prince George,  Nanaimo, Fort St. John and Kamloops.

The selection of submissions will be based on criteria that includes the impact the project will have in reducing the community’s affordable rental housing need. Aboriginal non-profit housing societies may partner with other organizations to strengthen their proposed project.

Participants who are unable to attend in person can participate in an informational webinar on July 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More information will be posted at: www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Creating/PIAH/Aboriginal-EOI

The EOI package is available at MERX Canadian Public Tenders: www.merx.com/bch, and links to MERX are also available at BC Housing: www.bchousing.org/Partners/Call and BC Bid: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca

The funding is part of a $355 million dollar investment announced by the

Province last February to create more than 2,000 units of affordable housing.