Lu’ma Native Housing Society was incorporated in 1980 and is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Society was incorporated to provide affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate income. The Society currently owns and operates an affordable housing portfolio in excess of 300 units.
Though our primary focus is to build, own and operate affordable housing, we have evolved and now provide a good range of services such as: Aboriginal health and wellness; act as the community entity for the BC region to fund Aboriginal homelessness projects; and own and operate other community social enterprises including First Funds Society, Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society and Community Voice Mail.
The Society is headed by a CEO with over 25 years experience in developing and managing Aboriginal social housing across Canada. Our CEO is backed by a dedicated and professional staff with over 200 human years of experience in arranging affordable housing.
The Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge is a shining example of a best practice in Canada that highlights not only the needs of health and wellness for Aboriginal communities, but demonstrates the capacity of the Aboriginal community when governments allow the community to create its own solutions to critical problems.
In response to the challenge of finding solutions to critical Aboriginal concerns, the Society partnered with the Federal government and the broader community and became the First Aboriginal community entity responsible for funding Aboriginal projects that provide front-line homelessness services to the Aboriginal community.
First Funds Society is the charitable organization that fundraises for support and contributions towards Aboriginal housing in Vancouver and health and homelessness programs for Aboriginal people in Vancouver and across BC.
We have also developed projects with the Province of British Columbia (“BCHMC”) under a similar program operated by CMHC. To facilitate the development of projects under BCHMC we incorporated a separate (sister society) known as Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society.