As we prepared to attend the First Nations Housing Conference (FNHC) trade show last week, we reflected on how powerful GIS is as a tool for community housing departments. Our staff know how limitless the capabilities of GIS are, and seeing our clients directly benefit from these technologies is compelling. Community housing is such a large and crucial responsibility that we are happy to support any way we can.
Lately, our team has been working with Nigigoonsiminkaaning First Nation to map the homes in their community. The map provides accurate locations and addresses for housing and community buildings giving staff, as well as third parties, a quick frame of reference in organizational and planning processes. This map will also be an asset in the case of an emergency to ensure the right dwelling is located quickly or that each home is evacuated. It may be a simple tool, but this map is highly beneficial.
One of the projects we often work on with community housing departments is an infrastructure inventory. We’ve taken the standard process and enhanced it with our MapAki software. Not only is every location of community infrastructure mapped, but additional information like maintenance records and drawings are brought into the database alongside it. By using MapAki, all of the information you have stored can be easily accessed and updated from one central location.
These are just a couple of ways we have had the opportunity to assist community housing departments. We met some great housing professionals at FNHC that we are looking forward to working with and introducing the capabilities of GIS. Do you have an idea about how GIS can support your work? We would love to hear it!