The Rental Housing Index was released today, a comprehensive database of rental housing statistics by a national partnership of housing associations, credit unions, and municipal associations. Its findings regarding Indigenous housing issues are no surprise.
Call for Proposal as the Designated Community Entity for Metro Vancouver under Reaching Home
Employment and Social Development Canada is accepting applications from organizations within the community of Metro Vancouver that are interested in supporting the delivery of funding under the Designated Communities stream of Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.
Reaching Home, launched on April 1, 2019, is a community-based program that provides funding for communities across Canada, as well as rural and remote areas and organizations that provide supports to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people to bolster local efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness. Reaching Home is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal year 2027-2028.
Applications will be accepted from organizations within the community of Metro Vancouver that are interested in becoming the Community Entity to advance efforts to combat homelessness in accordance with priorities established by the Metro Vancouver Community Advisory Board, specific to Reaching Home - Designated Communities funding stream, to meet the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Metro Vancouver.
Outside of Quebec, Reaching Home uses a third-party delivery model where a local organization (for example, a municipal government or not-for-profit) known as the Community Entity enters into a funding agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada. The Community Entity assumes the responsibility to solicit, select and manage funding of projects in a community based on the local priorities. This approach provides communities with the flexibility to invest in local homelessness projects and enhances community capacity to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to preventing and reducing homelessness.
This call for proposals aims to identify an organization that will act as the Community Entity for Metro Vancouver. Once selected, Employment and Social Development Canada will enter into a funding agreement with the Community Entity no later than March 31, 2020 and ending on March 31, 2024.
The funding available for the Designated Community of Metro Vancouver is $11,782,096 in fiscal year 2020-2021, and $13,900,277 annually from fiscal year 2021-2022 to fiscal year 2023-2024, for a total of $53,482,927. This funding has been allocated based, in part, on the population of the Census Metropolitan Area in which the community is located.
Additional funding is being provided to support the design and implementation of a Coordinated Access system by the end of fiscal year 2021-2022, which is a requirement under Reaching Home for Designated Communities. The incremental funding is $124,780 for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, and $115,955 for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.
Submitting an Application
We invite you to review the attached resources for additional information about Reaching Home, applicant eligibility, and application and program requirements.
Applications must be submitted no later than September 24, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
AHMAs is Skeptical Over Recent Parliamentary Budget Office Report on The National Housing Strategy
“The federal government would have you believe that this program represents increased funding, when in reality it’s money that is simply maintaining or slightly increasing the funding levels we’ve seen the past ten-years…”
New Affordable Indigenous Housing Coming to Colwood BC
A recently formed Indigenous Housing Society named the Aboriginal Land Trust Society (ALT) has now partnered with the Province of British Columbia, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and the City of Colwood to build 124 affordable homes for Indigenous singles and families at 324 Wale Road.
The Indigenous Social Housing Management Agreement Press Release
The Indigenous Social Housing Management Agreement (ISHMA) was officially signed this morning by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association’s President, Gary Wilson and Chief Executive Officer of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsay.
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s Nominations Committee invites members to nominate candidates for two (2) positions on its Board of Directors. The deadline to submit nominations is 4 p.m. ET on Friday February 8, 2019.
The first phase of the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund was announced which include 1143 New homes for Indigenous housing in 26 communities across BC. For a total of $76 million for 367 units of on-reserve housing and $155 million for 776 units of off-reserve housing.
Dakelh & Quesnel Community Housing Society - Doing a lot with a little.
It's common to find ourselves 'working off the sides of our desks.' Occupying whatever free time we have with a million other things. At Dakelh & Quesnel Community Housing Society (DQCHS) there is so much work done off the sides of desks its been taking over their office, quite literally.
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES $550 MILLION TO INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND FIRST NATIONS AS PART OF BUILDING BC: INDIGENOUS HOUSING FUND
Prince George, British Columbia – It was announced this morning by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and the Provincial Government of British Columbia that $550 million will be released into the BC: Indigenous Housing Fund.
When it comes to developing it can be very difficult to get everyone on board. That’s one of the most admirable aspects about Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society’s (MQHS) latest project, is that all hands were on deck.
Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre: 5th Annual National Indigenous Peoples Day
Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre is hosting their 5th Annual National Indigenous Peoples Day event! From Salmon BBQ, live performances and tons of activities for kids it is not to be missed! For more information click here.
There are so many great events taking place across BC for National Indigenous Peoples day! We will be posting events going on throughout the province all month!
What We Heard Report 2018
The Government of Canada launched an engagement process in 2017 to provide advice on how to improve the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The report outlines 53 specific recommendations to provide advice to the Government of Canadafor the redesign of the federal homelessness program and, more generally, to tackle homelessness in Canada. To read the entire report click here.
Purple House - Cariboo Friendship Society
This month’s inspiration feature really rocks the status quo, literally and figuratively speaking. The Red Rock Display first appeared on the front lawn of the Purple House in September 2017 and since then has been a community symbol of peace and healing. The May Newsletter Inspiration feature is drawn from the tremendous efforts and labour of love that the Cariboo Friendship Society in Williams Lake has done with Purple House. Read more here.
OFFICE SPACE - 3973 Dumfries Street Vancouver
Large 2762 sq .Ft. office space in East Vancouver available for lease. Steps from the heart of Main Street, Vancouver’s booming artistic and eclectic neighbourhood. Boasting 8 individual offices, 3 bathrooms and equipped industrialized style kitchen. Large front windows for an abundance of natural light.
World Indigenous Housing Conference May 20-24, 2019 - Gold Coast, Australia
AHMA hosted the WIHC in 2012 in Vancouver and we are excited to announce we will be attending again in Australia 2019! The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (National Congress) will be welcoming the world to the gold coast for the 4 day event, so be sure to save the date.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples are a representative voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Advocating for the recognition of the status and of the rights ofAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as First Nations People.
Community Housing Fund (CHF)
The Province recognizes there is an urgent need to create more options for those who are struggling to find suitable, adequate, and reasonably priced rental accommodation. This new investment under the Community Housing Fund (Budget 2018) will address gaps in the market, creating homes for growing families, and seniors. Through the 10-year span of this program, 14,350 new units will be created across British Columbia.
Non-profit housing providers or for-profit firms that partner with non-profit societies who are interested in developing and operating new rental units that qualify under the Community Housing Fund. Details on requirements and deliverables, proposal review process and submission forms can be found here.
Plans to strengthen the Residential Tenancy Act means more security for tenants
The Government of British Columbia plans to strengthen the Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act to better protect both renters and tenants of manufactured home parks. Read more here.
Margaret Pfoh elected new member of CHRA's Board of Directors
VANCOUVER, BC – We are thrilled to announce that Margaret Pfoh, CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association has been elected to serve as Board Member for The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA)... Read more here.
A Year in Review from our CEO, Margaret Pfoh & President of the Board of Directors Rosanna McGregor
There is much to celebrate as we look back on the events and accomplishments of 2017. AHMA currently has over 4000 housing projects in addition to the new upcoming projects that have more than 1000 new units on the way. An even more encouraging update was the 2018 Provincial Budget announcing that the province will be investing $550 million over the next 10 years into the construction of 1,750 units of social housing for indigenous people in BC in partnership with AHMA... Read morehere.
For a recap and look to the future ambitions and aims of AHMA from President of the Board of Directors Rosanna McGregor please click here
Kevin Albers, CEO of the M'akola Group wins BC Community Achievement Award
VANCOUVER – Premier John Horgan and Scott McIntyre, CM, Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, today named this year’s recipients of the BC Community Achievement Awards, marking the 15th offering of these awards. Read more here.
JOB POSTING - Lu'ma Medical Centre is accepting resumes for a Traditional Healer's Helper.
Work as a Helper with our Traditional Elders/Healers to meet our patient’s need for wellness; Assist with the scheduling and coordinating of Traditional Elders/Healers. To pursue this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by Wed, April 18, 2018 to email ANDREA@LNHS.CA with subject line Traditional Healer’s Helper. For more information click here.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Symposium on Housing Research in BC November 18-20, 2018
At PHRN we are seeking housing research and examples of promising practices from community-based practitioners, academics and government researchers from across housing sectors (i.e., policy, technical, cultural, health, social services, political, economic, social) who will help draw the connections between research and practice Read more here.
CHRA Congress 2018 - Call for Proposals
(January 8, 2018 - Call for Proposals)
We are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for our concurrent workshop sessions.
Concurrent sessions take place during a 1.5-hour time slot, and consist of one or more speakers on a thematic, policy or programmatic area of specialization, and may take the form of either:
Workshops: Including one or more presentation(s) by speaker(s) in a lecture format on a topic with a question and answer period facilitated by a moderator. Read more.
JOB POSTING: Four (4) Independent Board of Director Positions.
With our progression to a new Independent Board of Directors, AMHA is currently and actively searching to fill these roles. We ask that you share/post/communicate the vacancies of the Four Independent Board of Director positions within your communities and networks. Click here to read more on the positions and how you can apply today.
We're Hiring a Financial Services Specialist
(January 5, 2018 - Job Posting)
Located on the Xwemelch'stn (Capilano) Indian Reserve on Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation Territory in West Vancouver, BC, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) exists to make a difference in the Aboriginal Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) we serve. We oversee the administration of operating agreements between housing providers and Aboriginal housing organizations, keeping everyone’s best interest in mind and developing and maintaining relationships of trust. Every employee on our team is integral to ensuring our success and the success of the CBOs we serve. Read more.
Housing & Infrastructure Council (BC) Call for a Logo Design
(January 2, 2018 - Logo Design)
The Housing & Infrastructure Council (HIC) is seeking submissions for a logo that will be used to identify the HIC but more importantly to identify the future First Nations’ controlled Housing and Infrastructure Authority. Read More.
JOB POST: The Aboriginal Mother Centre Society is hiring an Executive Director
The Aboriginal Mother Centre Society is a non-profit organization that provides an environment where Aboriginal mothers and their children thrive in an equitable and supportive community. They are currently accepting resumes for the Executive Director position. Read more.
Media & Communications Specialist
(December 1, 2017 - Job Posting)
The role of Media & Communications Specialist is to assist the Director of Public Affairs to ensure that AHMA is constantly influencing policy, building and maintaining its reputation, and finding common ground with stakeholders.
These duties are carried out through a combination of activities including, though not limited to: brand / reputation management, internal / external communications, marketing / event management, print / online media, stakeholder engagement and media relations. Read More.
Recruitment Notice - Board of Directors
The Aboriginal Housing Management Association is currently recruiting for four (4) Independent Board of Directors from four different regions - Northern BC, Thompson Okanagan & Kooenay Rockies, Vancouver Island and Vancouver.
If you, or anyone you know may be interested, please click on the link below for more information and apply today! Read more.
AHMA Cautiously Optimistic Regarding New National Housing Strategy
(November 2017 - Media Release)
In response to last weeks' announcement by the Federal Government of a new National Housing Strategy, Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) Chief Executive Officer Margaret Pfoh says that though she is hugely encouraged to see the Federal Government is once again playing an active roll in affordable housing, she still has some concerns...Read More.
CHRA's Response to the National Housing Strategy
(November 2017 - CHRA Announcement)
The federal government today unveiled Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy, a historic plan which contains a series of policies and programs that puts the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations at its core. The Strategy aims to invest over $40 billion with the objective of creating 100,000 new affordable housing units, repairing and renewing 300,000 units, and removing 530,000 households from core housing need. As the national association representing the social, affordable, and non-profit housing sector in Canada, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) applauds the release of today’s Strategy.
Invitation to Indigenous Leaders of BC to Attend the Housing Central Conference
(August 2017 - AHMA & BCNPHA Announcement)
The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCPNHA) are pleased to extend this invitation to you, the Indigenous Leaders of British Columbia, in joining us at the 2017 BCNPHA Housing Central Conference (November 19-21, 2017). It will be our first collaborative effort and we are opening the doors for all Indigenous Leaders to attend.
Indigenous Housing Crisis Needs Strategy that's 'For Us and By Us,' Say Advocates
(July 2017 - The Tyee)
Then the federal government launches its national housing strategy this fall, it will have taken tow years to deliver its promised fix to Canada's housing crisis.
But Indigenous people - eight times as likely to end up homeless, almost twice as likely to live in substandard housing - won't find the "for us, by us" solutions they seek in that strategy, advocates say.
Indigenous people want and need their own separate housing strategy, says Margaret Pfoh...read more.
Province announces allocation of $53 million to new Aboriginal Housing
(April 2017 - Provincial Announcement)
"Having Aboriginal housing providers able to meet the needs of their communities on the ground is essential to the reconciliation process and to helping our people in a culturally appropriate way. We're delighted about these eight developments and we look forward to working with all of these Providers and their new projects." - Margaret Pfoh, AHMA CEO. Read More...
New CEO of AHMA, Margaret Pfoh, sets leadership goals for the organization
(March 2017 - AHMA Announcement)
Margaret Pfoh came onboard as the Aboriginal Housing Management Association’s (AHMA) new Chief Executive Officer this month and looks forward to connecting with members....Read More.
New Tool Aims to Keep Low-Cost Indigenous Housing Available
(December 2016 - The Tyee)
Associations wants to see providers make best choices to stay open and debt free...Read More.
AHMA Partners with BCNPHA to Present Dr. Cindy Blackstock at BC's Affordable Housing Conference
(October 2015 - AHMA & BCNPHA Press Release)
The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) have come together to form a unique partnership to support the mandates of each organization, and to better support the housing sector in British Columbia. In addition, as Gold sponsor of BC's Affordable Housing Conference (November 22-25, 2015), AHMA has supported BCNPHA to bring Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, to this year's conference.
Let us never forget that individual people are at the heart of each and every home, each housing unit. AHMA and its member housing providers see the National Housing Strategy as a key moment in history to exemplify self-determination....Read More.
Housing Affordability for Aboriginal Peoples Living Off-Reserve Prompts Society Innovations
(August 2015 - AHMA)
IN a joint research effort, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Prince George Metis Housing Society, and the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal are pleased to announce they have released a new case study that offers an innovative approach to rent policy and the housing crunch facing Aboriginal peoples living off-reserve in British Columbia....Read More.
Partnership Links Local Organizations to End Aboriginal Homelessness in Richmond
(July 2015 - AHMA)
The Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Lu'ma Native Housing Society, Richmond Youth Service Agency, and Chimo Community Services are proud to announce their community-based partnership to help end Aboriginal homelessness in the City of Richmond...Read More.
AHMA reaches out in partnership to new Provincial Government Leadership
(August 2017 - Letter to Premier & Housing Minister)
In an open letter to Honourable Premier John Horgan and Honourable Minister Selina Robinson, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association congratulates the new Provincial Government and extends a welcoming for partnership to address Indigenous Housing issues for the Province. Read More.
MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS IN FEDERAL BUDGET
West Vancouver – In a statement put-out earlier today by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), Margaret Pfoh, Chief Executive Officer, said that her organization has serious concerns over what they feel is a lack of clarity in last week’s federal budget. Read More.
Federal Budget Leaves More Questions Than Answers
West Vancouver – In a statement put-out earlier today by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), Margaret Pfoh, Chief Executive Officer, said that her organization has serious concerns over what they feel is a lack of clarity in last week’s federal budget. Read more.
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES $550 MILLION TO INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND FIRST NATIONS AS PART OF BUILDING BC: INDIGENOUS HOUSING FUND
It was announced this morning by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Government of British Columbia and the Federal Government of Canada that $550 million will be released into the BC: Indigenous Housing Fund. The fund will be open to Indigenous organizations and First Nations to build 1,750 units of social housing in Urban, Rural and Northern regions. [Read More]