Lu’ma Native Housing Society
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 their primary focus is to build, own and operate affordable housing, they have evolved as a Society and now provide a broad range of services that improve social determinants of health such as: Lu’ma Medical Centre; the Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge; Community Voice Mail; the Aboriginal Children’s Village; and Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program.
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. 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.
The Road Forward June 8, 2017