Housing helps Blackfoot women start a new chapter

“The Indigenous Housing Capital Program is intended to support specialized projects, such as transitional housing for Blackfoot women and their children who want to move off reserve and begin new chapters in their lives”

 

The governments of Alberta and Canada will fund new housing for Blackfoot women who intend to move to Lethbridge from nearby reserves.

These homes represent a new start or a different chapter. Some of these women may be starting new jobs or attending school. Others may be fleeing difficult circumstances and looking for safety and stability.

Announced by the Alberta government, this housing option will be open to Blackfoot women and their children who are relocating from the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani reserves.  The province says some of these women may be starting new jobs or attending school while others may be fleeing difficult circumstances and looking for safety and stability.

The project will create an estimated 25 jobs.

The funding from the provincial government is provided through the Indigenous Housing Capital Program (IHCP), which supports Indigenous governments and communities to build affordable off-reserve, off-settlement and on-settlement housing where it is needed.

 

Blackfoot Family Lodge is very excited about finally having the opportunity to build 14 housing units and securing the resources to provide a beautiful, stable home base for hundreds of Indigenous women in transition to the city of Lethbridge. This will provide them the support and necessary tools to assist them in relocating to the urban setting and having access to affordable housing. This is an opportune time to recognize the intent of truth and reconciliation, the outcome of true collaboration between Indigenous organizations and government agencies to recognize the need of our community members.”

Lance Tailfeathers, chair, Blackfoot Family Lodge Society

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