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Federal housing council calls for budget funding for urban, rural Indigenous people – Coast Reporter

OTTAWA — The government should invest at least $6.3 billion over this year and next to deal with the immediate housing needs of Indigenous people in urban, rural and northern communities, a federal council says.

The National Housing Council’s report said the two-year spend would help boost the stock of housing serving Indigenous people living in cities and towns, renovate and repair what is already available, and set aside funding for a body to manage the program.

The report released Thursday said the spending could also buy the government two years to craft a longer-term strategy to house urban Indigenous families and close a wide affordability gap for that part of the population.

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