Released on September 25, 2020
Six Saskatoon families today received the keys to their new, safe and affordable homes on Slimmon Road.
Justice Minister and Saskatoon Southeast MLA Don Morgan on behalf of Social Services Minister Paul Merriman joined Habitat for Humanity representatives, community members and the new home owners in celebrating the completion of phase two of the Habitat for Humanity Slimmon Road project.
“I am so proud to join in welcoming these families to their new homes and I congratulate them all on achieving this major milestone,” Morgan said. “Our government is committed to providing safe and affordable housing to Saskatchewan people. In Saskatoon alone we have provided $1.77 million to give families stable housing. This gives families the support they need to plan for their future, and continue building their lives in our community.”
The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation provided $300,000 in funding for the second phase of this project from the federal/provincial Social Infrastructure Fund Allocation.
With the final six units of the 12-unit Slimmon Road project now complete, six families - including 10 adults and 17 children - are now able to move into their new homes. These homes are townhouse-style condominiums of which three were universally designed, meaning they are livable and accessible for anyone regardless of age, ability or status.
In 2009, the Government of Saskatchewan partnered with Habitat for Humanity and to date has committed to building 212 housing units in 14 communities across the province to support low- to moderate-income families. Through this partnership, 187 units have been built and 11 are under construction.
”Today, more than ever, we are grateful for the contributions and commitment by the community to ensuring families have a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home,” Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon CEO Brenda Wallace said. “Habitat for Humanity Partner Families are part of our community of contributors and now we are celebrating a milestone in their homeownership journey. Habitat Saskatoon is proud to bring community together to help families build strength, stability and independence.”
Since 2009, Habitat for Humanity has been provided $12.4 million in funding toward creating safe and affordable housing projects. Of the $600,000 funding comes from the provincial Summit Action Fund.
The Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada have entered into a new agreement under the National Housing Strategy. The agreement, the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement, will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, to be cost-matched by the federal and provincial governments.
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