July 29, 2014 9:20 am
Updated: July 29, 2014 12:16 pm

New housing project opens for adults with cognitive disabilities

Walters Lane Community Residence, a new supportive living rental residence for adults with cognitive disabilities, officially opened Monday in Saskatoon.

Brent McGillvray / Global News

SASKATOON – A new supportive living rental residence for adults with cognitive disabilities officially opened Monday in Saskatoon.

The Walters Lane Community Residence is a unique housing project targeted for adults who may not qualify for traditional government disability programs and are unable to live independently.

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“Our project has been a benefactor of the summit action fund initiative, which has made a valuable contribution toward providing additional choices and supported housing options for cognitively challenged young adults,” said Larry and Joan Grozell, Walters Lane Community Residence co-owners.

The Grozell’s inspiration for the project came from their youngest son, Bennett, who has a development disorder. He is likely to be a client.

Located on Clarence Avenue South in Saskatoon, the residence consists of 10 units, each with a private ensuite. Units will be rented on a month-to-month tenancy.

Individuals may have a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), autism, or an acquired brain injury.

Through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, the provincial government contributed $200,000 from its summit action fund to the initiative in Corman Park.

The summit action fund is designed to increase housing supply across the province. Announced in April 2011, approximately $6 million has been made available.

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, cognitive disability is a significant limitation in learning and processing information.

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