Released on August 12, 2020
The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of North Battleford, along with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Battlefords Branch, officially broke ground on a new eight-unit rental housing project for individuals who have complex needs and require supports to secure and maintain housing.
Battlefords MLA Herb Cox on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, City of North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater and Canadian Mental Health Association North Battleford Executive Director Jane Zielke de Montbrun, made the announcement today.
“Our government’s investment in North Battleford will improve the quality of life for individuals with complex needs while contributing to the social well-being of the entire community,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “Developments like these will help reach our goal of ensuring every Canadian has a home that meets their needs and they can afford.”
“This project will provide much needed affordable housing in North Battleford to support individuals with mental health challenges and complex needs to live independently in our community,” Cox said. “These homes will provide a safe and stable living environment, along with the supports the residents require to participate more fully in life and build a better future. We are pleased to work with our partners to continue to better serve and develop new housing opportunities for Saskatchewan people.”
“The City of North Battleford contributed the land because we were encouraged by the quick action by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan to support this important project,” Bater said. “These homes will have a positive effect on the health of our community by providing an affordable, safe, and healthy living environment for the residents. We are grateful for the contributions of all partners who have come together to make this project a reality.”
“Our project begins to close a transitional housing continuum gap in our community,” Zielke de Montbrun said. “Its design will create a sense of community and belonging among tenants and provide space for social/recreational activities and group learning opportunities. This project will empower those living with mental illness to live successfully in our community while supporting their unique journey of recovery. We are grateful for the support of the Government of Canada, through CMHC, the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, the City of North Battleford and Saskatchewan Health Authority. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of persons living with mental illness and complex needs in the Battlefords.”
For more information, contact:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
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