The Battlefords Indian and Métis Friendship Centre (BIMFC) is overseeing a new affordable housing project in North Battleford.
The eight-bedroom home called Haven-4-Eight is approximately 3,350 square feet and is located at 1132 98th Street.
“It’s an awesome place that’s going to help the Battlefords a lot,” executive director of the Battlefords Indian and Métis Friendship Centre Jackie Kennedy says. “We’re going to utilize elders within our community and bring them into the home for whatever the clients need.”
The Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs helped fund the construction with a $130,000 Community Development Corporation grant. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation approved another $10,000.
“Battlefords Indian Métis Friendship Centre is proud to support Haven-4-Eight along with all funding partners, our board and staff, and the builders of this beautiful home,” adds Kennedy. “This project provides hope for these eight occupants and for our larger community when looking to break the cycle of homelessness. We look forward to embracing our future together and empowering one another to seek safer, healthier lives.”
The provincial and federal governments are investing as much as $580,000 for the project.
The federal funding is part of the government’s National Housing Strategy.
“The National Housing Strategy prioritizes the housing needs of Canada’s most vulnerable groups which is why we are proud to have invested in this project in North Battleford for people experiencing homelessness,” says Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. “This new eight-bed home is more than just safe and affordable place to live, it’s the key to a better life for residents here. There’s an inherent connection between dignity and housing, and I’m proud to support organizations like Battlefords Indian Métis Friendship Centre and the important work they do to help rebuild lives and create stronger, safer communities.”
The land and the costs of site servicing were funded with the help of $108,000 from the City of North Battleford.
(Photo courtesy of saskatchewan.ca)