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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.

News Release - November 21, 2013

NEW GROUP HOME FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES OPENS IN REGINA

Grand opening ceremonies are being held today for a new group home for people with intellectual disabilities in Regina.

The three space home is operated by Chip and Dale Homes Inc. through a funding partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan.  The Ministry of Social Services provided capital funding of $550,000 for the project, and will invest almost $480,000 in annual operating funding, to meet the higher support needs of the residents.

“We’re fortunate to live in a growing province with a vibrant economy,” Social Services Minister June Draude said.  “That growth enables us to invest in important programs and services that benefit some of our most vulnerable citizens.  Our government is proud to support community-based organizations such as Chip and Dale Homes in helping people with intellectual disabilities to be included in their communities.”

“We are pleased to make this home - our 11th - a reality through our partnership with the Ministry of Social Services,” Chip and Dale Board Chair Shirley Skinner said.  “We will support the three men who will live in this home to become part of their neighbourhood and the community.”

Chip and Dale, which was incorporated in 1980 and has operated in Regina since 1983, develops and manages residential services for adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

“Our government is committed to making Saskatchewan the best place to live for people with disabilities,” Draude said.  “The successful completion of this group home project, and others like it across the province, is a demonstration of that commitment.”

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For more information, contact:

Pete Paczko
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0531
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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