In many First Nations, occupants are contributing toward the cost of their housing. During this presentation, the facilitator will share information on the benefits of this approach and what a First Nation can to do increase the occupants contribution (e.g. monthly housing payments, charging a fee for services or payment of costs to repair occupant damage or neglect). The facilitator will share suggestions on how to request support from Chief and Council to charge and collect for housing, inform and educate the membership, determine the administrative support required to implement charging and collecting and, methods of demonstrating the value of charging and collecting to the occupant and the community in general.
Roxanne Harper is a partner in Turtle Island Associates Inc, an Aboriginal business committed to supporting the efforts of First Nation communities by providing housing advisory and training services, and assistance with housing policy development. Roxanne is Mi’kmaq from the Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick. Roxanne has over 30 years of experience working on Aboriginal housing issues. She has extensive experience in delivery of training to First Nation housing providers and Aboriginal organizations. She has over 25 years’ experience moderating workshops and plenaries, coordinating and facilitating community consultations. Roxanne has co-developed several adult educational curricula (e.g. Enhanced Arrears Management, Portfolio Management by Housing Tenure) and facilitates these 2-day sessions to First Nation clients across the country. Roxanne holds a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, N.S.