The Canadian government is providing $ 7.5 million to create approximately 32 new affordable housing units for vulnerable individuals and families in Saskatoon.
With funds from the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) program, households aim to support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .
“It has become clear that one of the largest gaps in the housing continuum in Saskatoon is supportive housing. People struggling with trauma, addiction and mental health need to have safe and stable housing, ”Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said in a statement Friday.
“These two (RHI) projects will play a crucial role in helping to fill this void in our community.”
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A new building for Cress Housing Corporation will be located at 115 Columbian Place, while the other for Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) will be erected at 1520 19th St. West.
“We plan a two-story, 18-unit facility that will serve single men who are disproportionately represented in the homeless population. This supported living facility includes a family / cultural space, ”said Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) tribal chief Mark Arcand in a statement.
“STC and our Chief Members are proud that Cress Housing Corporation is serving as a proponent of this project by contributing to this important work that improves people’s quality of life.”
Federal officials said that the 32 units will be destined for indigenous peoples and of those units, nine will be for mothers and their children.
“With this funding, CUMFI will be able to provide 14 suites for families at risk of homelessness, with nine homes specifically for indigenous women and children,” CUMFI President Shirley Isbister said in a statement.
“By providing a supportive living environment, CUMFI’s goal is for families to have a roof over their head and food on the table, so they can begin to think about education, employment and feel part of a caring community.” .
The projects are expected to be substantially built by fall 2022.
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