|First Nation Housing Budget Cut|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:48|
Currently, there is a shortage of 11,000 homes on reserves across Saskatchewan.
Overcrowding is a direct cause of health, education, and social issues, and makes it difficult for people to improve their lives.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has learned the Saskatchewan 2012-13 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Section 95 budget allocation has been cut to 18 point 7 million dollars, down 30 per cent from the year before and is expected to remain the same in 2013-14.
As populations grow, First Nations are continually forced to do more with less, given the national attention placed on housing due to the Attawapiskat crisis, the FSIN says it seems incredible CMHC would unilaterally cut the national on-reserve social housing program.
In 2011-12, 159 units were committed through the Section 95 Program for Saskatchewan and this year, CMHC figures 88 units will be built in the province, a drop of 45 per cent.
First Nations say shelter is a Treaty Right however the Crown has always maintained it is a social program.