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Affordable Housing Coming to Fort Chipewyan

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Affordable Housing Coming to Fort Chipewyan

Henry Hunter, President and CEO of WBHDC, and Cameron MacDonald, President of Métis Nation of Alberta Local 125 Fort Chipewyan // Photo courtesy of Wood Buffalo Housing

Fort Chipewyan is getting set to add more affordable housing.

On Friday, the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation and the Métis Nation of Alberta Local 125 Fort Chipewyan signed a memorandum of understanding.

WBHDC President and CEO Henry Hunter tells Mix News the two organizations will be developing an affordable action plan to address the housing concerns in the community.

“Once we’ve identified what the needs are we then need to look for land and finances to build housing or buy housing if that’s the way we go forward.”

They will also be looking to maximize the effectiveness of affordable housing investment, analyze of program and service gaps between the hamlet, RMWB, and the province, as well as prioritizing new opportunities for better living conditions.

In a release, President of Métis Nation 125 Cameron MacDonald says this is the first step in fixing the gaps in their housing situation.

“Signing this MOU makes it possible to help our members with the issue of housing, as there is a shortage of housing in the community.”

Hunter says he knows of many large families needing to live together because they don’t have many options.

“We’ve heard stories of four generations in one family staying in one home, there’s a large amount of overcrowding.”

This is the second rural hamlet to sign an MOU with the WBHDC in the last five months. Back in September, the Conklin Resource Development Advisory Committee signed their own agreement with the same goals as Fort Chipewyan.

Hunter notes they’re hoping to help Anzac, Janvier, and Fort McKay address their concerns as well.

“We have had talks with the folks in Fort Mckay and we’re continuing discussions in Anzac and Janvier but the idea is we all get together because we represent all of Wood Buffalo.”

He adds they’re hoping to sign MOU’s with each community to help with their “common goal” of affordable housing.

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