On October 8, 2019, Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) approved the creation of a housing society called “Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society,” which means “The Squamish Are Coming Home.”
Hiy̓ám̓ Housing is the not-for-profit organization mandated to lead the development and management of non-profit affordable housing for the Squamish People. Hiy̓ám̓ Housing currently manages 56 affordable housing units for Squamish People and families. They are also leading the development in Vancouver, North Shore, and Squamish Valley of 424 confirmed new affordable rental homes for Squamish People and families. They are mandated to deliver 1,000 new homes for the Squamish People and contribute to the Squamish Nation’s goal of housing every Squamish within a generation.
Hiy̓ám̓ Housing also manages the Hiy̓ám̓ Loan Program that provides Squamish Nation lot holders with the opportunity to apply for between $250,000 to $500,000 home construction loans through partnership with select financial institutions to help with the construction cost of new member-owned homes. Hiy̓ám̓ Housing also manages the Rental Assistance Program, which provides $250-700 financial relief to Squamish Nation members renting in market rental housing.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Hiy̓ám Housing is now seeking applications for their Board of Directors (voluntary position). This is an exciting opportunity for passionate and forward-thinking individuals to contribute to and help shape the direction of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing. Interested applicants must submit an application form, resume, cover letter, and three references by Wednesday, October 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm.
Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
The Hiy̓ám̓ Housing Board is a governance board that:
This is an exciting opportunity for Squamish Nation Members to get involved in a leadership role to influence the development, management, and growth of affordable housing for Squamish People and families. You will participate in major decisions on new affordable housing projects, advise and approve policies for the tenant selection process, rent rates, tenant/property manager relations, integrated on-site services, and more. Board Members will gain experience in the non-profit housing sector.
The Board of Directors takes direction from the Squamish Nation Council through its approval of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing’s Strategic Plan and Annual Budget. The board is responsible for overseeing the operation of the organization. The Board will be the governance and policy board and also provides input in governing structure, finance, human resources, tenant relations, operations and maintenance, housing development, and infrastructure. The Board will report to the Members of the Society and will provide strategic direction to the organization’s CEO.
We are seeking three Board Directors to serve on Hiy̓ám̓ Housing’s Board of Directors, and at least one Director must be a Squamish Nation Member. The successful candidates will serve a 4-year term.
Deadline for applications is October 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm.
If you have questions, please call 604-980-4553 and ask to speak with Council staff or email CASAdmin@squamish.net.
In May 2020, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw approved six sites to be put forward for Hiy̓ám̓ Housing to develop. The six sites represent the largest designation of lands for affordable rental housing in the Nation’s history.
On July 28, 2021, approximately 550 Nation Members cast their ballots in the Affordable Housing Land Designation Referendum, voting yes to approve the first three of six parcels of land.
These developments will create hundreds of new affordable homes in multi-unit dwellings built exclusively for Members and provide much-needed equitable and diverse housing options.
For more information about these projects, please visit BringSquamishHome.com.