Nikihk Housing First

The Nikîhk Housing First Program is designed to support the housing needs of Urban Indigenous Peoples who are homeless and reside in Edmonton.

Nikîhk – pronounced Nee-kih is a Cree word that translates to “my home”. We chose that name because our program isn’t about having a place to live but rather it’s about supporting Indigenous Peoples who are struggling with homelessness, in building a home for themselves and their family.

The goal of the Housing First initiative is to assist individuals & families in securing safe, affordable, appropriate, permanent housing, and to assist and support in maintaining their home while they continue on their journey. Our staff take a harm reduction approach to providing supports and services to our program participants, and is client-driven in terms of the participants identifying their own goals and determining how to get there.

Program Expectations

  • Attend scheduled visits
  • Provide all required information
  • Work with staff in building a support plan, harm reduction plan, and home maintenance plan.



  • Assistance with securing financial resources. Ex: Alberta Works, AISH, EI, and student funding
  • Assistance in locating rental properties
  • Advocacy
  • Home furnishing through FIND – Used furniture bank
  • Goal setting
  • Financial literacy
  • Trauma Support
  • Cultural Connection/Connection to Elders
  • Connection to resources
  • And more!


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