Departments and programs
Housing & Property Maintenance
Working towards safe, sustainable
and affordable housing
It is the intention of the Housing & Property Maintenance Department and the Housing Committee to accommodate the housing needs of Kitsumkalum members. This includes providing the infrastructure, adding new houses, and managing rental accommodation.
Kitsumkalums’ Housing Department manages social housing units and band-owned rental units and rent to own units. The Housing Department also secures funding for new houses, repairs and renovations; managing sub-division home construction; and meeting reporting requirements for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
And Tips for Home Care & Paying Rent
Apply for a House On-Reserve: Kitsumkalum IR1
View Kitsumkalum Housing Policy – Adopted December 2014
Maintenance and Repairs
Apply for Maintenance and Repairs to your House (for those still paying band-owned rent/mortgages)
Apply for CMHC Assistance with Making a Home More Accessible for Elders
Kitsumkalum Housing Department offers assistance in applying to CMHC’s HASI Program. If you own your home and are 65 and over you may qualify for up to $3500.00 in renovations to improve mobility and accessibility in your home.
Ministerial Loan Guarantee
Chief and Council may consider to approve a ministerial guarantee to assist members with financing for house construction or renovations on reserve.
Importance of Paying Your Rent
One of your most important obligations as a tenant is to pay your full rent on time. Your tenancy agreement should establish the amount of rent, when rent is due, and what forms of payment are accepted. You are still required to pay rent on time even if the day it is due falls on a holiday or your bank is closed.
When to Pay Rent
There should be a section in your tenancy agreement about when you are expected to pay rent. Your full rent must be paid on or before the date it is due (usually the 1st of the month), and you are required to pay rent on that day even if your bank is closed. Be sure to plan ahead.
How to Pay Rent
Tenants and landlords usually arrange for rent to be paid by cash, cheque, or direct deposit. If you pay by cash, your landlord has a legal obligation to give you dated receipts. If you have not been provided with receipts in the past, you can ask for them by sending your landlord a letter.
Problems Paying Rent
When you know that you will be unable to pay your full rent on time, communicate with your landlord as soon as possible. If you are unable to pay your rent on time due to an unexpected situation, your landlord may agree to let you pay your rent late. If your landlord does agree, make sure to get their permission in writing.
You can also try requesting a short term loan from a friend, family member. If this is not possible, there may be ways to prioritize your rental payment. TV, telephone or internet providers are unlikely to shut off your service for one late payment. As a result, it may be best to prioritize your rent over other bills.
From Kitsumkalum Housing Policy, Section 12.1.4
If the tenant fails to pay the arrears in full or fails to meet with the housing department staff and make a written agreement to repay the arrears by the end of the 10-day period, the following actions for non-payment of rent will be taken immediately:
a) Rental arrears will be reported to the credit bureau;
b) The tenant may be denied repairs/renovations (other than those required to meet health and safety standards; and
c) As a last resort, steps will be taken to carry out an eviction.
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FireSmart: Vehicle Salvage Opportunity
by Health Reception | Jan 25, 2023 | Elders, Emergency Programs Coordinator, News, Housing
As part of FireSmart in 2023, the Emergency Management Department in Kitsumkalum is ensuring anything that can attract the risk of fire to your property is safely removed. If you have a vehicle that needs to be salvaged, please email me directly. What I need from you...
Kitsumkalum Residents Please Reduce Water Usage
by KKCommunications | Aug 2, 2022 | News, Housing, Urgent, Community Notice, Community, News Feed
Residents of Kitsumkalum:Please reduce your water usage until further notice. Kitsumkalum Operations and Maintenance is investigating the cause of the water reservoir only being at 50% and needs your help to allow the reservoir to fill up again. Phone: 250-635-6172 |...
How To Prepare Your Home for Wildfires
by KKCommunications | Jun 23, 2022 | Emergency Programs Coordinator, News, Housing, Downloads, Community Notice, Community, News Feed, Emergency Response, Emergency Operations Centre
Hi Kitsumkalum, Please review the PDF information sheet on FNESS How To Prepare Your Home for Wildfires. You can also visit the website for more information: www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire Let's be proactive...
Potential Flood Warning – West Kalum Road Residents
by KKCommunications | Jun 2, 2022 | Community, News Feed, News, Housing, Urgent, Community Notice
The Kitsumkalum Band office is currently moving contents of the basement offices to storage. As a West Kalum Road resident please be prepared for possible flooding of your home. Start moving the contents of your basement or lower level to higher levels of your home....
Unified Household Signage Coming to Kitsumkalum
by KKCommunications | May 6, 2022 | Major Projects, Community, Lands Department, News Feed, Emergency Programs Coordinator, News, Housing, Community Notice
Hi Kitsumkalum Residents! As Kitsumkalum continues to grow, factors around safety and emergency management advances. The Emergency Management department has partnered with the Land Planning department, in purchasing address numbers for each home within Kitsumkalum....
Kitsumkalum Housing Committee
by KKCommunications | May 5, 2022 | News, Jobs & Opportunities, Housing, Community
Join the Kitsumkalum Housing Committee! Email Kathy Wesley for questions and interest: kwesley(at)kitsumkalum(dot)com
April 12th – Limit Your Use of Sanitary System
by KKCommunications | Apr 12, 2022 | Community, News Feed, News, Housing, Community Notice
Please note that the road detour will continue to be in place on Kalum Road West today as the contractor works around the Gyiik Road intersection. See attached map with detour location. Additionally, as mentioned in my last progress update, the sanitary mainline...
Unexpected Water Shut Off
by KKCommunications | Apr 10, 2022 | Health, Housing, Urgent, Community Notice, Community, News Feed, News, Events
Monday, April 11th, 2022, 9:00 am The water reservoir is at 49% capacity this morning. This is approximately 147,000 liters of water. It is estimated that the community goes through approximately 140,000 liters per day. ***Reminder to please limit your use of water so...
UPDATE – Emergency Water Shut Off
by KKCommunications | Mar 31, 2022 | News, Health, Housing, Community Notice, Family, Community, News Feed
As of 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 31st, Kitsumkalum’s water supply is back to full capacity. Normal water consumption can resume. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
EMERGENCY WATER SHUT OFF MARCH 31st
by KKCommunications | Mar 31, 2022 | News, Health, Housing, Urgent, Community Notice, Public Notice, Family, Community, News Feed
UPDATE - Water is back to full capacity as of 4:00 pm WATER SHUT OFF TODAY - Public Works found a leak in the waterline and will be conducting an emergency shut off for WEST KALUM, ECSTALL, KWINITSA and GYIIK. The repair is expected to take to the end of the day to...
Kitsumkalum Housing & Property Maintenance
| 250-635-6177 ext.110