Social Assistance & Housing Department
The Lheidli T’enneh Social Assistance and Housing Department work hand-in-hand to provide financial benefits and services to individuals and families as well as supports for securing and maintaining housing.
The Social Assistance Department helps individuals access services in order to live independently and enhance their ability to assume responsibility for their own affairs. The objective of the Social Assistance program is to assist band members living on-reserve to maintain a basic standard of living through financial assistance. Helping clients access services not only enhances their ability to assume primary responsibility for their own affairs, it prevents dependency by developing individual and family strengths.
The Housing Department plays an important role in the functioning of the community by fulfilling a basic human right for housing. As such, the Department strives to provide adequate housing to community members in a fair and equitable manner.
If applicants require help prior to or in addition to receiving social assistance/housing (finding employment, applying for training, or accessing health resources) the social development officer/housing manager can refer them to those respective departments.
Social Assistance/Housing Department
Wendy Jael is both the Social Development Officer and the Housing Manager for Lheidli T’enneh.
As the Social Development Officer, Wendy helps clients by walking them through the application process to ensure forms are filled out correctly so financial aid can be received without delay or complication. She is also available as a support if they have any questions or concerns on the required reporting.
As the Housing Manager, Wendy’s role is more focused on the living arrangements for band members. When in the office, she writes proposals for new living units, applies for funding to renovate existing homes, and coordinates ongoing renovations and maintenance. Even when armed a plan, Wendy finds a new challenge every day as she helps band members address housing concerns. She also sits on the Emergency Response Committee which educates and updates community members on potential emergencies that may impact their living arrangements.
Wendy has worked in a wide range of positions, including forestry, retail, as well as cleaning and maintenance. She grew up in Fort St. James as a member of the Nak’asdli band, but moved into the Lheidli community in 2000. While helping to raise her own grandchildren, she was encouraged to work for the Lheidli band office. First getting involved with Treaty meetings, Wendy got to know the community and its members. Her care and desire to help others struggling to find stability in their lives continues to show in her work as the Lheidli Social Development Officer and Housing Manager.
Lheidli T’enneh Social Assistance & Housing Department