Housing project for vulnerable people short millions

By CARL CLUTCHEY LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER Thunder Bay, Ont.- A Thunder Bay housing project aiming to transform a former downtown postal outlet into a new apartment building with nearly 50 rental units is stalled because of a $6-million funding shortfall. Proponents of the non-profit Giiwa On Court project are appealing to the province and other potential “partners” to bridge the funding gap and address “a high need for affordable Indigenous housing in Thunder Bay.” Thirty per cent of Thunder Bay’s Indigenous households “experience core housing needs,” according to a report about the Giiwa project. The vacant, three-storey Court Street South postal building has sat empty for several years. In 2020, Fort William First Nation and Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (near Marathon) and affiliated organizations purchased the 63,000-square-foot structure for $795,000. “It’s…

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