Habitat home is the first house to be built on Tobique First Nation in 13 years
New Habitat homeowners Phil and Amanda are home!
January 31, 2017
A collaborative effort between Tobique First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Fredericton, the two groups are working together to demonstrate that Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership can have a significant impact on the critical housing issues affecting Indigenous communities across Canada.
While a good news story for Tobique First Nation, there are critical housing issues on reserves across Canada that need to be addressed. According to the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, in 2011 half of Indigenous families on-reserve lived in housing that required major repairs, and a third lived in housing where, in addition to repairs, families were overcrowded or precariously housed, spending in excess of 30 per cent of their income on housing.
Amanda, born and raised in Tobique First Nation, had moved away from home to study and work, but with two young children she wanted them to live closer to her family, in the community where she was raised. Amanda and Phil’s new Habitat home is around the corner from her mother, and their youngest son, who had been struggling while in school in Fredericton, is now thriving at the local school on this small reserve of almost 2500 people.
Investing in affordable homeownership
For every dollar invested in a Habitat home, four dollars’ worth of benefits return to the community. Habitat homes provide stability; children do better in school and are more likely to pursue a post-secondary education – families and communities end up stronger and healthier. Habitat for Humanity Canada’s National Housing Strategy submission recommends that the federal government’s upcoming budget invest in Habitat’s affordable homeownership model to help families across the country access safe and decent housing.
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