As the fastest growing city in Metro Vancouver with a diverse and large Indigenous population Surrey needs to create a healthy ecosystem of Indigenous housing providers operating in Surrey. Indigenous single parent families have the greatest need, and SUILC is advocating for 800 new deeply affordable housing units for single parents by 2031.
Call to Act:
- Priority #1: Immediate coordinated action is needed by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments to create deeply affordable housing, with and without supports, in Surrey to offer an exit strategy for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness and to prevent individuals and households from falling into homelessness. Housing is needed for single Indigenous men and women, and low-income families in crisis, especially single-parent families.
- Priority #2: Create and implement a strategy to increase local Indigenous capacity to develop affordable housing in Surrey.