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Public Policy

For AHMA, policy is relationship-driven and involves building connections with key government decision-makers before decisions are made about major policies, legislation, and budget allocations. AHMA does this effectively by communicating its priorities to the right contacts at the right time, which has proven to be a successful strategy for making change.

While advocacy has always been a key function of AHMA’s work and mandate, we have recently undergone substantial growth in the public policy space to increase our presence at relevant decision-making tables and to ensure that the voices of Indigenous Housing providers in BC and their concerns are being listened to and addressed. This shift responds to AHMA’s key priorities outlined in the Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy (URNIHS), which provides strategic direction to AHMA and underscores the need for AHMA to engage in policy and program development to enhance the delivery and quality of affordable housing. It also helps AHMA meet its responsibilities listed in the Indigenous Social Housing Management Agreement (the document which governs AHMA and BC Housing’s relationship), including:

  • Participating in housing policy and program development with all levels of government; and
  • Providing representation, leadership and support for the management and delivery of quality affordable housing for Indigenous people in British Columbia.

AHMA’s Supportive Housing Position Paper advocates for changes to promote the inclusion of Indigenous housing & service providers in BC.

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AHMA regularly makes government submissions advocate for more culturally safe, trauma-informed, and equitable approaches to Indigenous homelessness in BC.


AHMA Statement on CRAB Park Resident Displacement

Federal Housing Advocate’s report on encampments

Indigenous Advisory House (IAH, formally the Indigenous Advisory Council) on Homelessness Gathering


National Working Group on Homeless Encampments Update

AHMA’s position on responding to DTES encampments prioritizes cultural safety & belonging

Transitional Village Model is a trauma-informed response to encampments

AHMA’s recommendations for BC’s Homeless Outreach Program and Homelessness Prevention Program

Solution to Downtown Eastside encampments requires a focus on human rights and reconciliation


BC Indigenous Homelessness Strategy