Hamilton’s Indigenous community is celebrating National Aboriginal Day in a big way.
Sacajewea Non-Profit Housing has announced it has received $660,000 in funding from the Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing agreement to purchase and renovate a six-unit building on Main Street West at Ray Street, in Hamilton.
The affordable housing facility for local Indigenous people opened in March 2016 and houses three women with children as well as three single women.
The building had been vacant for about five years after it was damaged by fire in 2011.
Sacajewea executive director Melanie McAuley says they also have plans to demolish a building on West Avenue South near Main Street, and construct a 23-unit complex that will include Indigenous men and women in search of accommodations.
“Ontario is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous organizations and the federal government to support projects like this in our community that address the unique housing challenges and needs of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples,” said Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin.
Applications to live in the nearly $2-million facility are already coming in, with the goal of opening the doors in October 2018.