Fort McKay Métis Sign MOU To Combat Housing Crisis

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Fort McKay Métis Sign MOU To Combat Housing Crisis

Wood Buffalo Housing has signed another memorandum of understanding with a local community.

Fort McKay is now the third rural hamlet to sign an MOU since September, joining Fort Chipewyan and Conklin.

"We have a shortage of housing in Fort McKay and some obvious gaps in program and service delivery," said Ron Quintal, President of the Fort McKay Mtis Community, in a release.

"By signing this MOU we are formalizing our relationship with Wood Buffalo Housing and moving closer to our goal of creating a strong organization that is able to self-govern, set policy for membership, land, and housing."

In many circumstances, generations of families share the same home with others needing to couch surf just to find a place to sleep.

"Sustainable housing, in particular, is a major concern for both of our organizations, and together our voice will be stronger when advocating for funding and other supports to ensure the people in our region have access to safe and affordable housing,” said Henry Hunter, President and CEO of WBHDC.

An affordable housing action plan is now being developed, which will outline short and long-term actions required to address affordable housing in Fort McKay.
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