Native Housing

Application Forms

Mail, Fax or drop off completed forms at:

Brantford Native Housing
318 Colborne Street East,
Brantford, Ontario
N3S 3M9

Fax: 519-756-1764

For housing inquiries, contact Community Relations Manager

Brenda Beaven

Phone: 519-756-2205 ext: 223
Phone: 519-756-2209 ext: 223

Housing Outreach Worker

Lynn Sault

Phone: 519-756-2205 ext: 226
Phone: 519-756-2209 ext: 226

Housing Street Outreach Worker

Phone: 519-756-2205 ext: 235
Phone: 519-756-2209 ext: 235

Transitional Home Manager/Resident Counsellor

Tammy Bailey

Phone: 519-304-0053

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Housing Programs

The Government of Canada recognized the housing problem and through Section 56.1 of the National Housing Act provided us with a vehicle with which we have begun to meet the serious housing needs of Native people who for various reasons, cannot find acceptable housing. As well we provide a human element in the Landlord/Tenant relationship because as a native, locally based organization, we are extremely sensitive to the needs of the people we house.

To date we own and manage 193 units in the City of Brantford, and our waiting list is composed of many households in need. Today, we have more than 200 applicants waiting for housing; having to wait up to 7 years to be housed. Most of the units are single family houses.

Urban Native Federal Housing Program

We own and operate 84 units through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Urban Native Housing Program. Native ancestry means Status, Non-status, Metis and Inuit. At least 50% of the family must be of Native ancestry. Rents are subsidized to 25% of combined family income.

Provincial Housing Program

We own and operate 20 units through The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Tenants are selected from the City's Co-ordinated Access System who meet program criteria for assisted housing and our mandate of Native ancestry. Rents are subsidized to 30% of combined family income.

Non-Government Housing

Even though Federal and Provincial housing development funding for new housing stopped in 1993 and 1995 respectively, Brantford Native Housing has continued to address the affordable housing needs of the Native community. Since 1998, Brantford Native Housing was successful in developing 14 more units (4-one bedroom apartments, 8-two bedroom apartments, 2 Triplexes and 1 single family home). Municipal Rent Supplement Agreements allow subsidy allowances.

First Nation, Inuit, Metis Urban and Rural Program (FIMUR)

This housing program is designed, delivered and administered by and for Aboriginal people living off-reserve in urban and rural communities across Ontario and is funded by the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation. The target population for housing delivered under the FIMUR program is Aboriginal individuals or families with low- to moderate-income, or those in core housing need. This program offers both Affordable and Market Rent units.

Housing Outreach Worker

The Housing Outreach Worker is responsible for assisting Aboriginal residents/tenants/clients to maintain their existing housing and will assist residents of transitional housing to find their own home in the community. The Housing Outreach Worker will assist clients to access community services and implement programs and services for clients who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness such as an emergency food voucher program, winter coat exchange, etc. The Housing Outreach Worker will also promote Brantford Native Housing programs and services at local community events.

Women's Transitional Housing (Ojistoh House)

BNH developed a 14-bed transitional home known as Ojistoh House. Ojistoh House is for Aboriginal women with or without children who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Women with Aboriginal children in their custody would benefit from the program as well. Ojistoh House operates using two (2) streams. The Healing Journey stream allows women to stay for up to one (1) year while focusing on their own healing goals. Residential programming is scheduling based on individual plans of care. The Home Search stream allows women to stay for up to six (6) weeks while focusing on find their own home in the community.

Family Transitional Housing (Ode haot House)

BNH has developed 2 modular units known as Ode haot House. Ode haot House is for Aboriginal families with children who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The supports provided to those families who qualify for this transitional housing is geared to their individual needs and allows for them to stay up to 1 year while focusing on finding affordable housing in the community.

Men's Transitional Housing (Karahkwa House)

BNH developed a 4-bed transitional home known as Karahkwa House. Karahkwa House is for Aboriginal men in recovery from alcohol or drug use and can stay for up to one (1) year while learning how to maintain their sobriety.

Transitional Home Manager/Resident Counsellor

The Manager, Resident Counsellor’s is responsible for individual and group counselling services for youth for the purposes of life skills and the development of personal well-being for the residents of the Youth Transitional Home. He or she will undertake the planning, development and implementation of support services. The Resident Counsellor will facilitate access to, specialized home and community-based supports and prevention services, and programs that promote healthy lifestyles and relationships for Youth. The Resident Counsellor is responsible for the safety of the home and its residents, and will ensure this safety by direct supervision and monitoring of the residents through adherence to the Transitional Home's rules of conduct.

Youth Transitional Housing (Ehnita House)

The Transitional Housing Programs are offered through Brantford Native Housing. This program is offered to Indigenous Youth ,16 -21 who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Residents can participate in the Transitional Housing Program until the age of 21 years old.

Residents will be expected to maintain abstinence from all alcohol and recreational (mood altering) drugs while residing in the Transitional Housing Program and participate in programming.