While the Housing Strategy has been completed it is a “living document” and will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it continues to reflect the Memberships needs, preferences and values. The Development Services department will continue to work towards the implementation of the Housing Strategy. The intent of this implementation plan is to identify community lands suitable for housing development, determine short and long term housing needs, and prioritize areas for development.
The goal is to provide adequate housing options to all WFN Members and in pursuit of this objective an Allotment Commission has been created to allot Community Lands, set aside by Council for the purpose of permanent homeownership.
The Westbank First Nation Community Plan, which is founded upon in-depth consultation with the WFN Membership and Council, outlines that “basic needs such as shelter are a necessity to living a productive and healthy life” (WFN, 2011).
Currently Westbank First Nation maintains a stock of non-profit housing units consisting of
rental and rent-to purchase homes. The rental units, mainly duplexes, a 4-plex and an 8-plex are located on Fox Road and Falcon Lane. The rent-to-purchase homes are single family units with the majority located on Tsinstikeptum IR#9.
Staff also provides assistance with the applications for various AANDC and CMHC programs including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program, Home Adaptations for Seniors Independence, AANDC new housing construction subsidy and the Emergency Elders Housing Repair Grant.
To be considered as a tenant for rental housing, please contact the Housing Coordinator.
Westbank First Nation Members may be eligible for the following CMHC financial assistance programs:
The RRAP offers financial assistance to First Nations and First Nation members to repair substandard homes to a minimum level of health and safety. Find out more >
The RRAP-D offers financial assistance to First Nations and First Nation members to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by persons with disabilities. Find out more >
The HASI helps First Nations and First Nation members pay for minor home adaptations to on-reserve properties to extend the time seniors can live in their own homes independently. Find out more >
Those interested in learning more about these programs may contact the WFN Property Management department.
Watch the below video, which was presented at the 2015 Membership AGM, to learn more about WFN's housing accomplishments since 2011 (or download a copy of the Housing Presentation PDF).
This report provides background information and concept plans related to land use, zoning and infrastructure within the area designated as Neighbourhood Plan 10-4 in the Westbank First Nation Land Use Law. This plan sets the long term vision of one of the most uniquely situated properties on IR#10 and in the entire Okanagan Valley. Click on the link above to learn more.
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