Due to Covid-19,  in person mentoring has been suspended until further notice. We are happy to continue to provide phone or e-mail support.  

Welcome to the BC First Nation 

Housing Mentorship Program

House Frames

The Housing Mentorship Program will help reduce the need for expensive consultants and advisors. We will do the legwork and harness the wisdom of existing First Nations Housing staff and leadership and provide a means for all BC First Nations to access that pool of knowledge to support their own housing programs. We can provide information, resources and mentoring for all aspects of a band housing department starting with the most basic organizational processes, such as setting up filing systems and writing policies extending to some of the more complicated processes related to housing program administration. The BC First Nation Housing Mentors have been providing mentorship to other First Nations and communities who may be struggling to establish and manage a housing program within their community. The mentors provide guidance in all aspects of  housing management including,

- Understanding and Accessing funding
- Data Management
- Evaluation
- Planning
- Policy Development
- Property Management
- Relationship building
- Construction project management
- Governance
- Public/Community Education

In 2019, we have added an additional focus on Affordability, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in terms of reducing debt and minimizing our carbon footprint.

In 2019, the program is being expanded to provide services to Northern and remote First Nation communities.  This website will be upgraded to provide enhanced services to improve access for remote communities.   In addition, the workshops series will be enhanced to expand our service area. 

“We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of BC Housing through the Building Excellence Research & Education Grants Program.”

2021 funding provided by Indigenous Services Canada, NAHS Capacity

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