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  • Housing Transition Will Help More People in Need

    Released on January 22, 2015

    More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan’s largest centers.
    “It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have better access to safe, quality housing,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “At the same time, we also need to ensure that our government housing remains truly affordable for those who live in it, and that is why this transition is so important.”

    “It makes sense to have one housing program that makes it easier and more affordable for households in need,” Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson said.  “This transition will result in significant reductions in monthly rents for hundreds of Saskatchewan seniors, families and individuals and will convert 2,700 housing units for people who need them the most.”

    Beginning March 1, 2015, anyone who applies for government-owned rental housing in urban centres will only be eligible for the Social Housing Rental Program, where rent is based on 30 per cent of income.
    Existing Affordable Housing tenants will have the opportunity to transition to the Social Housing Program.  Many existing tenants should benefit from a rent decrease immediately, based on their income.  Tenants who remain in the Affordable Housing Program will pay a lower market rent, but these rents will increase over time.

    “This transition will reduce, or have no change, on the rent of almost 1,300 low-income households, putting more money in their pocket and ensuring that more vulnerable people have access to social housing,” Harpauer said.

    For further details on the transition and the communities where the Affordable Housing Program is transitioning, please contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567.
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    For more information, contact:
    Leya Moore Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-3610 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The latest provincial wait times numbers show that, as of July 31, 80 per cent of patients were having surgery within three months of their referral from a surgeon and 91 per cent within six months.

After earlier setbacks, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has made major strides recently, reducing the number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery by 32 per cent, from 5,692 on September 30, 2012 to 3,864 on July 31, 2013.

Increased provincial funding for the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative has resulted in a seven per cent boost in the number of surgeries performed so far in the 2013-14 year.  Patients have received 28,492 surgeries in the first four months of the fiscal year, up from 26,567 performed April 1 to July 31 in 2012.

The latest monthly data update indicates as of June 30, there were 6,105 patients waiting more than three months for surgery.  This is a decrease of 61 per cent (or 9,237 fewer patients) compared to the start of the Initiative in April 2010 when more than 15,000 patients were waiting more than three months.

Nine out of 10 health regions are providing surgeries to more than 90 per cent of their patients within six months.

There were 18,525 patients waiting for surgery in the province on July 31, 2013, down from 26,743 in November 2007 and from 27,585 when the Surgical Initiative was launched in April 2010.

The province committed $70.5 million to improve access to surgery in the 2013-14 fiscal year.  About 89,000 surgeries will be performed in Saskatchewan this year, an increase of 7,000 from last year.

Information about the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative is available at www.sasksurgery.ca.  The website also features the Specialist Directory, which empowers patients and their primary care providers to compare options for surgical care.

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For more information, contact:

Tyler McMurchy Health Regina Phone: 306-787-4083 Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Cell: 306-537-3594

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