Lu’ma Native Housing Society was incorporated in 1980 and is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Society was initially 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 of just under 500 units of housing.
Though our primary focus is to build, own and operate affordable housing, we have evolved as a Society and now provide a broad range of services that create the conditions necessary to increase housing, health outcomes and opportunity for the Indigenous community in Vancouver such as: Lu’ma Medical Centre; the Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge; Community Voice Mail; the Aboriginal Children’s Village; and Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program.
We are also the community entity for the BC Region on behalf of the federal government and the urban Aboriginal community delivering ‘Housing First’ funds under the National Housing Initiative to urban Aboriginal organizations who service the needs of the Aboriginal homeless community.
The Society is headed by a CEO with over 35 years experience in developing and managing Aboriginal social housing across Canada. Our CEO is backed by a dedicated and professional staff with over 300 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.
Lu’ma Native Housing Society presents…
Guide to Aboriginal Resources in Greater Vancouver
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.
Please review our short film, “Our Nations have a Story…” , we produced in 2004: