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Indigenous Housing Has Been In Crisis. Things Are Getting Better –

by ahnationtalk on May 21, 202041 Views

Deanna Pointe’s family was shattered by the Sixties Scoop. Now she heads a three-generation family in East Vancouver.

After raising her own kids, Deanna Pointe lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment in East Vancouver for 10 years. That changed when she became the guardian for her granddaughter and grandson, now 12 and 16, who had been placed in foster care. “I told the ministry that I had to take care of these kids.”

Pointe and her grandkids moved into a three-bedroom apartment in a building run by Vancouver Native Housing Society and for the first time Pointe’s 12-year-old granddaughter had a bedroom of her own.

Then, just a few months ago, another granddaughter needed help. Scarlett Faust, 24, had just got out of a relationship and needed a place to stay with her two kids. Pointe again opened her home — but accommodating two adults and four kids in a three-bedroom was a tight fit.

The family was recently able to move into a four-bedroom apartment in the same building, giving everyone a little more breathing space.

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