HOUSING

Crystal Sedore, Housing Manager

Housing@yalefirstnation.ca

Emergency line- 604-206-5544

 

The Housing Manager is accountable to Chief and Council under the direct supervision of the Band Administrator.

 

The Housing Manager is responsible for the overall management of all housing activities which includes:

  • rental home maintenance,

  • monitoring tenancies,

  • writing and enforcing policy, and

  • planning and monitoring new construction. 

 

The Housing department is required to work closely with most other departments including Health, Lands and Resources and Social Development.

We work hand in hand with Health. If tenants are living with health issues, be it physical or mental illness, the housing department can assist to alleviate some of the stress by installing grab bars or by constructing other modifications to improve access, safety and comfort. 

 

Housing plays an integral role in land use planning and economic development, ensuring that residential development is in alignment with economic development and infrastructure improvements. The provision of additional housing on reserve naturally results in renewed efforts to ensure that we have jobs, social supports and skills development opportunities for our new tenants.

Yale First Nation’s community vision and mandate to follow traditional values, respect each other and remain sustainable and self-sufficient is reflected in everything we do in the Housing department. Being a good steward of the land; focussing on energy efficiency, new greener technologies, affordability and proven best practices is how we will continue to grow the community and provide an environmentally responsible, and economically sustainable housing program.

Yale First Nation's Housing Department is regarded as the gold standard within the industry and we are often called on to mentor and guide other nation's housing programs.  We created and coordinate the BC First Nations Housing Mentorship Program, which is a support network aimed at helping Indigenous communities improve their capacity to manage on-reserve housing. 

Forms for YFN tenants:                                                                                         

Application for a Rental Home

Adopted/Ratified Housing Policies

Request for Home Maintenance or Repair

Tenants Complaint

(to complain about another tenant, disruptive behaviour, pets, parking, noise)

Reports: 

6-plex Passive House Energy Monitoring Report ( 2018-2020)

Videos:

Spotlight on Housing with Yale First Nation-video

YFN Housing In The News:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-innovations-housing-1.4064715

https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/news/projects/2017/11/passive-house-an-active-housing-solution-for-yale-first-nation-1028601w

https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/housing-observer-online/2018-housing-observer/yale-sixplex-first-passive-house-canada

https://fnbc.info/news/yale-first-nation-builds-energy-efficient-housing

https://www.passivehousecanada.com/projects/yale-first-nation-passive-house-fourplex/

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/01/09/First-Nation-Active-Passive-Housing/

https://www.hopestandard.com/news/yale-first-nations-new-passive-houses-promising-community-and-shelter/

Yale First​ Nation- Success Stories- Case Study

SPRING MAINTENANCE

 

Greetings from Housing:

 

While we are all staying close to home there are some basic home maintenance jobs you can be doing to help pass the time.

 

DRYER VENTS-  Go outside of your house to where the dryer vents are on the side of the house.  With a glove on, reach up into the vent and remove any lint or fluff that is up in there, if you  have a small bottle brush that will also help. There might be a little or there might be a lot.  Doing this every few months will help your dryer work better and will keep excess moisture from venting inside your home.  Not cleaning these vents could be a fire hazard, so be sure to keep an eye on them.   

CHECK YOUR FOUNDATIONS- Walk around your house and inspect the foundation for cracks or holes where mice, insects or moisture can enter your house.  If you see major problem areas call Housing. If you prefer to be more do it yourself, if you see places where mice might be getting in, stuff the holes with steel wool. Smaller cracks can be filled with caulking. Keep an eye on these spots to see if there is any more activity.

WINDOWS-This is a good time to wash windows, both inside and out and make note of any broken window frames or other problems.

DECKS AND STAIRS-Inspect your decks/stairs for weak spots or rot.  If your deck is looking very weathered, this is a nice time to re-stain it. Painting and staining is fun, good exercise and will get you outdoors for a while.

WEEDS- If you have tall weeds growing up close to the house, Spring is the perfect time to get outside and do some pruning. Go around with a pair of clippers or even big scissors and cut a three feet wide path around the base of your house.  Besides limiting moisture, this will also cut down on spiders coming inside! While you’re at it, take a look at the trees on your property and remove loose branches and any excess undergrowth.

ROOF AND SIDING- Check out your roof to see how it made it through winter, make note of any missing or lifted shingles. You can also check out the attic and see if any moisture is coming in from the roof.  Also take a good look at the siding on the exterior of your house.  If you see a problem, call housing.

 

OUTSIDE HOSE CONNECTOR- Turn your hose bib on and make sure it isn’t leaking.  Sometimes they freeze and burst, so be sure to check them every spring.  

GARDEN-Clean out flower beds and prep for new growth. Removing old leaves and other deadfall from flower beds will make your yard look tidy and provide a fresh clean place for spring flowers to grow.

If you see any problems call housing right away, 604-206-5544 

 

Bring on the sun!  Stay home and stay safe and healthy!

 

Crystal

Community Drinking Water

I also fill the position as Yale First Nation's Certified Small Water Systems Operator. 

In this position, I am responsible for conducting weekly sampling of the community's drinking water to ensure it is safe for our members. (currently this is done every Thursday)  The samples I collect are checked for two types of bacteria; e.coli, a bacteria that can cause mild to extreme gastric distress and choliforms, which is organic matter usually found in plant material and soil.  First Nations Health Authority often joins me on my rounds to test for other more serious contaminants, such as heavy metals, solvents, and other possible dangerous pathogens. Due to this testing conducted by our two organizations,  YFN members can feel confident that our water on reserve is clean and safe to drink.

All of our drinking water is lightly chlorinated to ensure no water borne pathogens are transmitted to our members, because even one person getting sick is not a risk we are willing to take. 

 

I am also responsible for maintaining the 3 new pump

houses. My duties include monitoring water levels and inspecting and maintaining piping and equipment, including the chlorination systems, pumps and monitors. I am the first point of contact if there is any compromise to the safety of our community drinking water. I am authorized to impose a boil water advisory should the need arise. I receive immediate notification by text from the pump house computers if a pump fails or if there is a power outage.  I have also received training in fire hydrant maintenance and I am out every spring and fall flushing and inspecting the hydrants to ensure they are ready and in good repair in preparation for a fire emergency.  

If you have any concerns or questions about our community drinking water please contact the housing department.