Province invests $53 million for new Aboriginal housing

Aboriginal affordable housing received a major boost today with the announcement of more than $53 million in provincial funding.

The money will be used for eight housing developments throughout the province that will produce 378 units.

The announcement was made at the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association in Surrey, one of the housing providers chosen to receive funding.

The Province is providing more than $1.3 million in capital funding to the organization to create 15 units of affordable housing for Aboriginal women and children, in partnership with the City of Surrey and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver.

Other projects include:

  • Kekinow Native Housing Society is receiving $9.4 million for a 106-unit project in Surrey.
  • Lil Michif Optipemisiwak Family and Community Services is receiving $3.9 million for a 30-unit project in Kamloops.
  • M’akola Housing Society is receiving $11.6 million for a 40-unit project in Fort St. John and $8.9 million for a 55-unit project in Langford.
  • Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society is receiving $10 million for a 60-unit project in Abbotsford.
  • Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Society is receiving $4.6 million for a 35-unit project in Nanaimo.
  • Vernon Native Housing Society is receiving $4.3 million for a 37-unit project in Vernon.

The announcement follows a call for Expressions of Interest in June 2016.

The funding is part of a $355 million dollar investment announced by the Province in February 2016 to create more than 2,000 units of affordable housing in B.C.

These new units of Aboriginal housing are in addition to the 190 units – a commitment of over $40 million – that the Province has announced for Aboriginal housing in B.C. since June 2016.

Quotes:

Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood –

“Addressing Aboriginal housing needs is a key plank of our government’s overall housing strategy. This investment will create safe, affordable housing for Aboriginal people in need, including youth, women, families and elders.”

Margaret Pfoh, chief executive officer, Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) –

“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.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2001, the Province has invested or committed to a total of $6.3 billion to provide affordable housing supply and access for low-income individuals, seniors and families.
  • This includes new investment commitments of $920 million to support the acquisition, construction and renovation of almost 5,300 housing units throughout B.C. over the next few years.
  • More than 104,000 B.C. households benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Province's actions on housing affordability, visit: http://housingaction.gov.bc.ca/

To learn more about the Province's actions on housing affordability, visit: http://housingaction.gov.bc.ca/

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~ As posted on https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017MNGD0066-001078

FRAFCA’s 1st Gala a Success!

DONOR RECOGNITION

Journeys In the Right Direction Guiding Youth Home was the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Associations first ever fundraising Gala. We celebrated 10 amazing years of serving youth at the All Nations Youth Safe House and we raised over $5000 towards creating second stage housing for the homeless youth population we serve. Without the shared hope of our supporters and partnerships this opportunity for growth would not have been possible. We look forward to seeing you all again!

We would like to thank the following foundations, corporations, employee groups and sponsors for their contributions.

Foundations, Corporations and Employee Groups

Gold Sponsor

Vancity Credit Union

Riverside Signature Banquet Halls

 

Bronze Sponsors

City of Surrey

Toronto Dominion Bank

Air Canada Foundation

Surrey Board of Trade

 

 All other donors, sponsors & supporters

Laff Lines

Fraser River Raft Expeditions

BC Lions

Vancouver Canucks

Memento Mori Studios

Vancouver Aquarium

Source for Sports

Vancouver Art Gallery

BCGEU

Pacific National Exhibition

Pacific Surf Co.

Guildford Town Centre

Science World at Telus World of Science

BC 50/50

Metropolis at Metrotown

Kumsheen Resorts

Costco Wholesale

Safeway

CBR Photography

Perry James

Melanie Mark

JR Larose

Vera Lefranc

Suzette Amaya

Thank you Coast Capital Savings!

Your generosity is priceless.

We are so thankful for our donors and what they have done for our youth. I hope you all understand the gravity of what you have done for these Youth who otherwise would have had nothing.  The joy and happiness you brought our youth this year will have a huge impact for years to come.

Thank you!

#MoccasinsontheMove Presents Krystal Ziprick

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) is very honoured to present its first #MoccasinsontheMove Aboriginal success story! Krystal has been a client for the past 6 years and has taken part in many of our programs including, Prenatal, Postnatal, Spirit Bear Drop-In, Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start Preschool and Bringing Tradition Home. 6 years ago, while on Maternity Leave with her daughter Teagan, Krystal mentions she grew up with a very limited amount of family around.

Krystal says, “I grew up on Vancouver Island and was raised by my mother Moyra Turner. She did her best to provide for myself and my two older sisters. My brother lived in Saskatchewan and that is where my father’s side of the family lives. I didn’t grow up with a lot of family. My mother left a rough patch in her life and made a beautiful life for us here on the Lower Mainland. We didn’t have a lot but we were very loved…. When I was young I played a lot of sports basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Even though I was busy with sports I did well in school. I got pregnant in high school and had my first child on my 19th birthday, shortly after I graduated in 2003. I gave birth to my son Jakob and he changed my world for the better. Thereafter, I took an Interior Finishing and Renovation Program at Discovery College and worked in that field for four years. I also waitressed, and served as well during this time. Jakob and I moved to Surrey in 2009 and moved in with my now husband Jordan who I feel so lucky to have married and get to spend the rest of my life with. While in Surrey I became the Assistant manager at Dollarama for four years and waitressed for a year.

We had my daughter Tegan March 2011, she is so precious. It was then I started to seek out support from organizations while I was on maternity leave. I met Leah at FRAFCA. she was so welcoming; I immediately knew I found a place that we had good family support and I made a ton of new friends.” Krystal then came to our Agency and has been a key part in the life of many of our clients, her giving and caring nature made her very easy for other clients to reach out to as a peer support. Krystal says about FRAFCA, “…All very rewarding and amazing programs. We didn’t grow up with a lot of traditional teachings and culture and FRAFCA has made us feel like we have family and has taught me a lot about our culture and how I can share these teachings with my kids. I stop in for smudging when needed by Brown Bear Woman, I also attended a sweat lodge ran by Brown Bear Woman. I am always welcomed when I just need someone to talk to like Natasha, Kari, Lila and Kelsie in the Aboriginal Infant Development Program…I have all the support I need at FRAFCA and will forever feel a connection with them.”

When asking Krystal what her greatest challenge in life has been she replies, “Starting my business. It is a lot of work writing a business plan and getting started.” Krystal then continues with her greatest success, “Owning and Operating Simply Style Mobile Hair Design.” Krystal's future plans include continuing to grow herself a successful business, while continuing to be there for her children and giving back to her community as often as she can. When asked what Krystal wants to be remembered for she says, “I want to be remembered as an honest hardworking person, a good friend, wife and mother.” FRAFCA truly believes that Krystal will be remembered for that as she has always pursued her dreams and passions.

Krystal while growing up could have taken any other road but decided that she was going to persevere and make the most of her life, she will continue to be an inspiration not only to us as staff at FRAFCA but to the Aboriginal community. Krystal closes by sharing one piece of advice, “Do what makes you happy!” Krystal is living her life by this advice and it’s been nothing but an honour to be able to recognize her for her successes! Congratulations Krystal on all your successes! You will continue to be an inspiration to all! Simply Style Mobile Hair Design