Lu’ma Native Housing

 

Mandate

The Society was incorporated in the Province of British Columbia on May 25, 1980.
The main purpose of the Society is:

  1. To acquire, construct, develop, hold, supply, operate, manage, and maintain housing accommodations and incidental facilities for person’s of Aboriginal Ancestry in the Province of British Columbia according to their needs including without limitation, families and individuals of low income, the aged and functionally handicapped persons, and to operate and manage commercial facilities wherein such facilities are part of any housing facility operated by the Society.
  2. To purchase, lease, hold, develop and improve any lands and building necessary for carrying out the purposes of the Society.
  3. To establish and carry on education and research programs relating to housing and community facilities.
  4. As incidental to the foregoing purposes of the Society and where the funds of the Society are sufficient to do so:
    i) To meet the needs of people of Aboriginal Ancestry who are making a transition to the urban community.
    ii) To provide central and suitable facilities where counseling information, guidance and referral services will be provided and where meetings and educational and recreational activities may be held.
    iii) To plan with government agencies, with health and welfare, church or other agencies in order to improve the quality of services and facilities for persons of Aboriginal ancestry in the community.
  5. To provide property management and other related services to societies or non-profit organizations which own or maintain housing accommodations for persons of Aboriginal ancestry in British Columbia.
  6. To raise money through subscriptions, membership, donations, and gifts for the purpose of carrying out the purposes of the Society: To do all such things as are incidental or conclusive to the attainment of the purposes of the Society.

Objectives

To ensure a continued supply of adequate housing at a modest cost to Aboriginal people with low and moderate incomes;

  • To provide an excellent vehicle for the construction of new projects, to the purchase, repair and renovations of older homes in a market area which otherwise would rapidly deteriorate and eventually lead to slum housing;
  • To encourage lending institutions to take more of a responsibility for provision of funds for housing needs by Aboriginal people;
  • To protect the rights of Aboriginal tenants;
  • To educate the community in regards to the housing problems of Aboriginal families, singles and elders in the urban community; and 
  • To create the conditions necessary for urban Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver to improve health & wellness outcomes and disparities.