Aboriginal Housing Forum Showcases Best Practices

    LONDON, ON, March 6 /CNW/ - The first Aboriginal Housing Forum held in
London showcased members of the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal housing
providers and housing industry professionals' ideas and best practices today.
The event addressed opportunities and solutions for providing Aboriginal
housing and related services.
    "As Londoners, we know there is critical need for more affordable housing
within our community and across the country," said Mayor Anne Marie
DeCicco-Best. "Through dialogue in an open Forum like this one, we can
continue to work together to implement vital action steps toward a national
    The full-day Forum was hosted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC), the City of London, Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc., the
London Homeless Coalition and Service Canada.
    "CMHC is working with our partners to narrow the gap in housing
availability between Aboriginal people and other Canadians," said Peter
Friedmann, Ontario General Manager at CMHC. "Events like today's Forum will
help lay the foundation for successful solutions to Aboriginal housing
    The Forum also explored the development of community-based partnerships
and outlined the tools and resources available for housing stakeholders to
develop affordable housing.
    "In London, 41 per cent of Aboriginal households are living below the
poverty line. Our community needs to take action to tackle the lack of
affordable housing and resulting homelessness issues in order to improve the
quality of housing for Aboriginal people," said Darlene Ritchie, Executive
Director, Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services.
    Aboriginal speakers from across Canada shared best practices for
improving the quality, choice and affordability of housing for Aboriginal
people. The housing projects showcased included the Déné Empowerment Centre in
La Loche, Saskatchewan, the Niagara Regional Native Centre's Abbey House for
Women and Children, Brantford Native Housing's Transitional Home Project,
Lu'ma Native Housing's Art Zoccole Aboriginal Patients' Lodge in Vancouver,
Can-Am Urban Native Homes' Biimskiinodin facility in Windsor, and the
Oshki-kwe female student residence in London.

For further information:

For further information: Beth Bailey, Communications and Marketing
Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tel: (416) 218-3355;
Louise Stevens, Director, Municipal Housing, City of London, Housing Division,
Tel: (519) 661-2500 ext. 5727

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