CaDCR staff writer
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has launched a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process for an Indigenous-led National Indigenous Housing Centre. Interested Indigenous proponents have until March 4 to submit their proposal via the RFP process.
The key role of the Centre will be to deliver funding to address core housing need of Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural and northern areas.
“The future National Indigenous Housing Centre is a great step towards supporting an Indigenous-led approach to improve the housing outcomes of Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural and northern areas. Once established, the National Centre will seek to ensure affordability and encourage the creation of new housing units to close the gap in core housing need for Indigenous families and individuals.”
The Government of Canada will work with First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Modern Treaty and Self Governing Indigenous Governments, to provide funding to support their citizens, members and beneficiaries living in urban, rural and northern areas and discuss interim approaches for those who may not be ready.
Interested Indigenous governments and Indigenous-led organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal describing their vision for a National Indigenous Housing Centre’s structure, governance, partnership opportunities, and key activities. One of the key roles of the Centre will be to provide funding to address core Indigenous housing needs in urban, rural, and northern areas. Once selected, the successful proponent will establish, implement and operate the National Indigenous Housing Centre.
“Indigenous organizations are best placed to find sustainable housing solutions for their People. The National Indigenous Housing Centre will be the first Indigenous-led centre to manage and administer government funding directly to Indigenous Organizations, and it will lead the development of a wider urban, rural and northern Indigenous Housing Strategy,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous services. “This for Indigenous-by Indigenous approach to housing will play a crucial role in closing the housing gap for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples living in urban, rural and northern areas.”
The procurement process to identify the successful applicant is being managed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), on behalf of the Government of Canada and in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Infrastructure Canada.