Chenkw Em̓út

Chenkw Em̓út means I am home

Affordable Homes on Mathias Road

Preliminary building design concept – images and renderings are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change.

Hiy̓ám̓ Housing is pleased to announce that construction for the Chenkw Em̓út, housing project started in October 2022.

Applications are expected to be available in the Spring of 2024 and occupancy in the Fall of 2024.

Rendering of Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing with branding elements on the left
Exterior Rendering of Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing

The design of the 95-unit building is based on our traditional Squamish longhouses and will foster positive intergenerational relationships. Chenkw Em̓út, will provide safe, long-term rental homes for Squamish members, with priority given to independent elders, youth, and families.

On June 17, 2022 the building was officially blessed and named. The official name is Chenkw Em̓út, which means “I am home”.

On July 28th, 2021, Squamish Nation members voted to designate this site for affordable housing.

The mixed-use residential development will feature the following:
It will also include:
Training and Employment Opportunities

In partnership with the Nation, throughout the development process, this project aims to build the capacity of our local community through our employment and training opportunities and contracting practices that support Squamish Nation employees, suppliers, and businesses. Job and contract opportunities to be announced soon!

Aerial Rendering of Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing
Community Rendering of Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing
Second Exterior Rendering of Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing
Exterior Rendering of CO-OP building at the Xwmélch’sten project by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing
Project Location

This project is in Xwmélch’sten Village, across from the Squamish Nation Elders Centre in North Vancouver (Capilano IR5). 

Map of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing's project at Mathias Road
Project Team
Hiy̓ám̓ Housing's primary logo with workmark in with icon in orange
Luma Development Management logo
Urban Arts Architecture Inc logo
Ventana General Contractor and Construction Manager logo
Ideaspace logo
Squamish Nation Trust Logo

Squamish Nation Trust

Application Process and Qualifying for Affordable Housing

Applications to live in Chenkw Em̓út, are expected to open in late 2023 and are managed by Hiy̓ám̓ Housing, separate from the Nation’s housing list.

All of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing’s new affordable housing projects will have a range of rental rates based on income levels.


At Chenkw Em̓út, rental rates are determined by BC housing program requirements under the Provincial rent scale. The community housing fund is a mixed income rent model that includes shelter, rent geared to income and affordable rental rates.