Department of Social Housing

Our goal is to assist members in securing safe, affordable, sustainable housing now and for future generations.

The objectives of the Social Housing Program are to fulfill its commitment to provide better living conditions for the Members of Sema:th Nation, while operating in accordance with clear business principles and remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to its membership.

This program is based on the following principles:

  • That Membership is provided assistance in the provision of their basic rental housing needs on reserve.
  • That continuous effort is made to achieve steady improvements in the quality of living on Reserve.
  • That the Sema:th Nation housing program be administered in a cost-effective, service-oriented and accountable manner.
  • That the Band Membership, Council, and Housing Administrator will abide by the Housing Policy Manual.
  • That all members be treated in a fair and equal manner in the distribution of both Residences and Lots.
  • That the members who rent or lease a house from the Band have a responsibility to abide by this Housing Policy Manual.
  • That the administrative infrastructure be separated from the political governance of the Sema:th Nation.

Resources

Housing Policy

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Housing Application Form

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Housing Condition and Additional Financing Declaration

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RRAP On-Reserve Applicant’s Guide

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Liability Waiver

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Home Ownership

The housing department works with individual members to obtain a mortgage through their financial institution.

For more information please contact the housing department.

Renovation Funding

There are a number of On Reserve and Off Reserve specific programs for renovations. For more information or assistance accessing programs please contact the housing department.

On Reserve

CMHC Regular Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program

RRAP On-Reserve offers financial assistance to First Nations and First Nation members to repair homes to a minimum level of health and safety.

Who is Eligible?

First Nations or individual First Nation members that require repairs to their homes may be eligible to apply. The total household income must be at or below the established income threshold for their area.

How does it Work?

The house must lack basic facilities or is in need of major repair in one or more of the following categories:

  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating or
  • Fire safety

Dwellings must be a minimum of five years old and have not received financial assistance through the RRAP program within the last 15 years.

Loan Assistance available according to geographic location:

  Maximum Total Loan
Zone 1: Southern Areas of Canada (Sumas First Nation) $16,000
Zone 2: Northern Areas of Canada $19,000*
Zone 3: NWT, Yukon, Labrador and Northern Quebec $24,000*

*For remote areas the maximum total loan may be increased by an additional 25 percent.

IMPORTANT: Work carried out before the loan is approved in writing is not eligible for funding under this program.

(Dependent on availability of government funding, income testing, needs of the home, and individual financing. Can take six (6) months to one (1) year to obtain funding.)

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP-D) (On-Reserve)

The RRAP for Persons with Disabilities On-Reserve offers financial assistance to First Nations and First Nation members to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by low-income persons with disabilities.

Who is Eligible?

First Nations or individual First Nation members that require repairs to their homes may be eligible to apply. The total household income must be at or below the established income threshold for their area and the property must meet minimum health and safety standards.

What Assistance is Available?

Assistance is in the form of a forgivable loan.

Assistance is provided for one hundred per cent (100%) of the total cost of the modifications up to the maximum loan amount for the area. Occupants must continue to occupy the home for the term of the loan.

Loan Assistance available according to geographic location:

  Maximum Total Loan
Zone 1: Southern Areas of Canada (Sumas First Nation) $16,000
Zone 2: Northern Areas of Canada $19,000*
Zone 3: NWT, Yukon, Labrador and Northern Quebec $24,000*

*For remote areas the maximum total loan may be increased by an additional 25 percent.

IMPORTANT: Work carried out before the loan is approved in writing is not eligible for funding under this program.

(Dependent on availability of government funding, income testing, needs of the home, and individual financing. Can take six (6) months to one (1) year to obtain funding.)

Off Reserve Renovation Funding

The housing department is committed to assisting off reserve members’ access resources for renovations.

Elders

BC Housing – Home Adaptations for Independence

Financial assistance for home modifications that improve accessibility and promote safe and independent living.

On & Off Reserve Housing Assistance

There are a number of programs which both on and off reserve members can access. If you would like help accessing any of the resources please contact the housing department.

Elders

  • BC Housing – Home Adaptations for Independence
    Financial assistance for home modifications that improve accessibility and promote safe and independent living.
  • Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER)
    Monthly cash payments to subsidize rent
  • Assisted Living
    Housing with supports, middle option between home care and residential care.
  • Seniors’ Rental Housing
    Long-term housing with both rent geared to income and affordable rental options available.
  • Subsidized Housing
    Long-term housing with rent geared to income.

See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/Senior

First Nation People

  • Aboriginal Housing Initiative
    Off-reserve Aboriginal housing developments Aboriginal youth, women, elders, and those who are struggling with addiction
  • Aboriginal housing providers
    Off-reserve Aboriginal housing

See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/aboriginal

Families

  • BC Subsidized Low Income Housing
    This is long-term housing with rent geared to income (30% of household total gross income, subject to minimum rent based on # of people) for people who permanently reside in British Columbia when applying, with gross household income below a certain limit.

    See more at: www.bchousing.org/Options/Subsidized_Housing

  • Rental Assistance Program
    Long-term housing with rent geared to income.

    See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/Family

  • Home Adaptations For Independence
    Financial assistance for Low-income person with a permanent disability or diminished ability for home modifications that improve accessibility and promote safe and independent living.

    See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/Family

Homeless or At Risk Homeless

  • Homeless Outreach
    Connection to housing, income assistance and support services.
  • Aboriginal Homeless Outreach
    Connection to housing and necessary support services to address housing, health and cultural needs Homeless Aboriginal people who are living off-reserve (available in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Duncan, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John).
  • Emergency Shelter
    Immediate temporary shelter, food and a variety of support services Homeless / at risk of homelessness
  • Extreme Weather Response
    Temporary space made available during situations where sleeping outside might threaten health and safety Homeless / at risk of homelessness (available between November 1 – March 31 dependent on community activation)
  • Homeless Prevention Program
    Portable rent supplements and support services ensure enhanced access to rental housing in private market. Youth transitioning out of foster care; women who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence; people leaving the correctional and hospital systems; individuals of Aboriginal descent.
  • Supportive Housing Registration Service
    • Long-term low-barrier supportive housing
    • Homeless / at risk of homelessness; live with mental and physical health conditions; require support services to achieve successful tenancies

See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/Homeless

Women at Risk of Violence

  • Women’s Transition Housing & Supports Program
    Safe temporary shelter/housing, crisis intervention and support services
  • Emergency Shelter
    Immediate temporary shelter, food and a variety of services
  • Homeless Prevention Program
    Portable rent supplements and support services ensure enhanced access to rental housing in private market
  • Supportive Housing Registration Service
    Long-term supportive housing for individuals requiring support services to achieve successful tenancies
  • Subsidized Housing
    Long-term housing with rent geared to income. Applicants who are fleeing domestic violence or abuse, are homeless, or who have a serious health condition that is affected by their current housing, may elect to have a Supplemental Application Form completed by a third-party verifier as some housing providers give additional consideration to applicants who meet these criteria.

See more at: www.bchousing.org/Find/Fleeing_Abuse

On & Off Reserve Rebates & Offers

Housing Committee

The Sema:th First Nation Housing Committee will work in partnership and cooperation with Chief and Council, and community members to develop a fair and equitable Housing Policy.

The purpose of the Sema:th First Nation Housing Committee is to:

  • Develop policies and procedures pertaining to all forms of Housing on Sema:th Lands
  • Make recommendations to Chief and Council on new policy, policy revisions or amendments as pertaining to Housing on Sema:th Lands

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