The walls are up and the roof is on at Habitat for Humanity’s first ever on-reserve build in Canada.
Work has been completed on the 10 unit elders lodge on the Flying Dust First Nation, near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, about 300 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.
Jayshree Thakar, manager of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s indigenous housing program, says the elders are happy.
The elders’ lodge opens Friday.
Thakar says the second step in the project also launches Friday with work to retrofit the homes that the elders moved out of for younger families.
The 10-unit accommodation that provides wheelchair-accessible housing for the elders on the Flying Dust Reserve.
“The key to the success of our Indigenous Housing Program is the partnership and collaboration we have with Indigenous communities across Canada,” Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Our goal is to continue to provide solutions for families in need of decent and affordable housing both on- and off-reserve.”
Since Habitat introduced the Indigenous Housing Program in 2007, over 150 families have been able to move into homes, expanding affordable homeownership possibilities for Indigenous families in need of decent and affordable housing.
(With files from The Canadian Press)