The Mi'kmaq Nation Housing Department goal is to seek a diverse variety of housing opportunities, including but not limited to, affordable housing and housing for elder members and special needs members to meet the needs of various types of household and income levels, while assuring that the housing is safe, decent and sanitary.
The low-income housing needs are vast for the Mi'kmaq Nation. We are an off- reservation Tribe, residing in a service area (county) the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. Until now, our primary focus has been the Bon-Aire housing site. Travel within such a large geographical area is proving to be detrimental. There are 83 units for low-income rental activities servicing a minority of our membership, but far from all of our members. It is the proposed intent of the Tribe to secure additional funding to construct cluster sites in the service area for low to very low-income rental and homeownership activities. In addition, we have 16 low-income units at the Tribes' Connor site, These units were renovated through an ICDBG and consist of 2 and 3 bed room units. Recently we completed the mitigation of lead utilizing a grant secured through The Army Corps.
The Bon-Aire site provides a minimal resolution to housing needs. The exact unmet need of housing is still to be determined. However, based on current waiting lists and phone calls, we estimate an additional 30 families with unmet housing needs. Some of these families are living with relatives in over crowded conditions at both the Bon-Aire site and individual homes throughout the service area. They are also forced to relocate out of the area for lack of housing, and economic development.
Currently we have a number of single individuals residing in two and three bedroom units. This is due to the fact that we currently have no single bedroom units.
It is the mission of The Mi'kmaq Nation Housing Department to provide a diverse variety of housing opportunities, to include, affordable housing for elder members and special needs members as well as meeting the needs of various types of household and income levels, while assuring that the housing is safe, decent and sanitary.
Our BonAire site located in Presque Isle consists of: