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Snuneymuxw housing benefits from federal funding

Upgrades are nearly complete on Snuneymuxw homes thanks to more than $119,000 in funding from the federal government.

The money was used to renovate a 12-unit complex and seven single family homes. It was also used to purchase energy-efficient appliances for 17 mobile homes.

"This funding comes with great appreciation, but it isn't the answer to the much needed housing crisis in our community, there are many homes that are in dire need of renovations and unfortunately renovations are only a small piece of the overall housing issues, this is definitely a step in the right direction to start improving the living conditions of our people," said Snuneymuxw Coun. William Yoachim

Yoachim said housing has continued to be a high priority for Chief Doug White of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, to provide much needed homes for the Snuneymuxw people.

The government of Canada announced the recipients of more than $2.6 million for 27 First Nation communities on Vancouver Island through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in late February.

The funding is part of Canada’s Economic Action plan. Ottawa has also committed to $400 million over two years to help nearly 500 First Nation communities build new housing or repair and upgrade existing housing.

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