(250) 847-5211

Housing Program

Lydia Howard

Lydia Howard

Housing Advisor and Economic Development Officer

250-847-5211 Ext: 208.    Email: housing.advisor@dzelkant.com

Lydia Howard was hired by the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre as Housing Advisor in 2018. Lydia has experience in both government and non-profit sector. In her career she has worked in the areas of policy development, communications and development. Lydia holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a Diploma in Creative Writing.

Lydia is passionate about the importance of affordable housing for healthy communities. She was involved in the first homelessness count conducted in Smithers and as a volunteer member of the Smithers Action Group Association advocated for the need for Supportive Housing in our community.

In her role as the Housing Advisor and Economic Development Officer, Lydia co-ordinates the Indigenous Housing Support Program. In her role she also identifies and explores funding opportunities, engages with stakeholders and develops internal organizational capacity and policy relating to affordable housing development projects and other Friendship Centre Initiatives. 


Ashley Michell

Ashley Michell

Indigenous Housing Support Worker

Ph: 250-847-5211 Ext: 214.     Email: housing.support@dzelkant.com

Ashley Michell is from Witset B.C., Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Gitdumden Clan (Bear/Wolf).

Ashley has her Bachelor of Social Work Degree From Nicola Valley Institute and Technology/ Thompson River University. She holds her Family and Community Counselling Certificate and Diploma from Native Education College.

Ashley worked and volunteered with many of the non-profit organizations within the inner city with High Risk Youth, Group home settings (Youth Foster Care System, Mental Health), and with people that are at risk of homelessness/Homeless and/or living in poverty.

The Indigenous Housing Support program recognizes the growing need for individualized housing support and advocacy for urban Indigenous people. The program aims to provide a high quality of culturally safe advocacy and support to those who are wishing to move toward greater housing stability including those who are currently:

  • homeless
  • at risk of homelessness
  • at risk of eviction
  • living in overcrowded and/or unsafe housing situations,
  • living long-term in motels
  • couch surfing,
  • fleeing violence/abuse
  • experiencing housing instability

Program hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm