The Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative (ISTHI) is an exciting opportunity for organizations serving Indigenous clientele in the prairie provinces. The funding program provides access to capital and operational funding to build and run shelters and transitional homes for their communities.
More than $724 million has been allocated through CMHC and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to expand housing supports in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and beyond for Indigenous people facing gender-based violence — including women, their children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.
Provisions under ISTHI include capital and operational funding for facilities in the prairie provinces and across the country based on:
The application process is ongoing, with the submission window open on a continual basis until March 2024. The third review phase began Jan. 30, 2023.
This funding opportunity for new construction projects presents an excellent opportunity for collaboration and partnership between non-Indigenous and Indigenous housing and service delivery organizations, as well as Indigenous governments.
Non-profit Indigenous housing groups are uniquely suited to apply, not only because they are eligible, but because they know better than anyone the challenges faced by Indigenous people facing gender-based violence in their communities, their demand for appropriate temporary housing with wraparound supports, and how they will benefit from new shelters and transitional housing, defined by CMHC as follows:
Non-Indigenous led organizations, including provincial, territorial, municipal or local governments, are also eligible to apply with demonstrated support from an Indigenous local authority, organization, and/or Indigenous led service provider.
Having partnered with many Indigenous groups to pursue funding and execute the design and build of transitional and supportive housing projects, Big Block can help you successfully navigate this funding opportunity and meet the requirements, some of which include:
For the complete details application package, visit CMHC's website: Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative | CMHC (cmhc-schl.gc.ca)
NPOs seeking capital can quickly round out a solid, shovel-ready project concept to complete the application before the proposal deadline and maximize chances of selection. By leveraging Big Block's capabilities in pre-development services, including unlocking and assessing land opportunities, and integrated approach to preliminary concept design for their building project.
Big Block offers non-profits an edge by sharing knowledge and expertise in navigating this lucrative and competitive funding opportunity. Our experience in affordable housing, including Indigenous-led developments with a focus on second stage and affordable housing for Métis and First Nations communities. We have completed more than 30 multi-unit affordable housing projects totalling more than 1,500 units and $500 million+ in construction value, all of which leveraged CMHC funding, and often included additional funding collaborators as well.
We will be your trusted co-pilot throughout the development journey, from concept creation, land acquisition, and strategic guidance through the funding application, all the way to design, construction, and handover.
Big Block is known for our collaborative approach to guiding our partners in their land search efforts, unlocking land opportunities before the parcels ever hit the market, creating robust preliminary concepts for affordable and non-market housing, and providing our internal estimating expertise to create capital cost budgets with great precision.
We can help you consider project delivery methods that leverage labour in neighbouring communities through modular construction methods to expedite the completion of your project and reduce carbon emissions by as much as 50% compared to traditional construction methods.
Overall, we take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on your strengths as a community entity with expertise in Indigenous housing. Request a meeting with our nimble team of professionals and let's explore how we can complement your internal expertise and turn around proposals and funding applications with lightning speed.
Seize this opportunity to build and behold community, and reach out to our community development team today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-518-7650.