Released on August 31, 2020
The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have partnered with Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) to help a Yorkton area family realize their dream of homeownership.
Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, and Habitat for Humanity Regina Chief Executive Officer Kelly Holmes-Binns, made the announcement today.
Located at 154 Darlington Street East, the four-bedroom raised bungalow is around 1,000 square feet or 95 square metres, and has a developed basement with additional bedrooms and living space for the whole family to enjoy.
“There is a great deal of work and cooperation that takes place during Habitat for Humanity builds, such as this one,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Our government is proud to be a partner. The investments in these new homes will make a real difference in the lives of a Yorkton family, a place they can proudly call their own.”
“Safe and affordable housing for Saskatchewan families and communities is even more important during this unprecedented time,” Ottenbriet said. “Our government is pleased to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help Saskatchewan families achieve homeownership, and experience the longer-term financial benefits it provides. Homeownership means a better future for everyone in this family, and for our community and province as a whole.”
“Congratulations to Maranda and her family for achieving homeownership and to the Yorkton Chapter as they welcome their eighth family into a Habitat home,” Holmes-Binns said. “The ceremony today demonstrates the commitment of the committee, donors, sponsors, volunteers and the entire community of Yorkton to help change the lives of hardworking families through affordable homeownership. Thank you to everyone who has made this day possible for Maranda and her family.”
• The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $65,000 to build this home through the National Housing Strategy bilateral agreement.
• Including this project, our investment to Habitat for Humanity in Yorkton will total $445,000.
• The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
• The province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals more than $12.4 million since March 2009. This total includes funding of $600,000 from the provincial Summit Action Fund.
• Habitat’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals. Each partner family selected by Habitat contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.
• As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit www.cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca. Pursuant to the National Housing Strategy, the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, cost matched by the federal and provincial governments, in housing across the province.
• CMHC and the Government of Saskatchewan have reached an agreement on the first three-year action plan. Under the Agreement, housing is a key priority in providing a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities.
• Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $804 million to develop or repair more than 16,600 housing units around the province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.
For more information, contact:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation