Shirley Skelton Manor officially opens in Saskatoon
SASKATOON – The Government of Canada and province of Saskatchewan celebrated the grand opening of a new transitional affordable housing project Monday on Saskatoon’s west side.
Shirley Skelton Manor, located at 321 Camponi Place, is an apartment that will house individuals facing homelessness, disabilities and addiction.
Twenty bachelor-style units will benefit clients of Saskatoon Housing Coalition (SHC) by providing a stable living environment as they receive counselling in preparation for independent living.
“Everyone involved in our organization is very grateful for the capital funding from our committed partners to enable us to expand our services to now offer a transitional housing program within our housing portfolio,” said Jo-Ann Pidskalny, SHC executive director.
“Those at risk of being homeless and those requiring barrier-free housing can be supported through their recovery journey for two years in preparation for them to successfully maintain long-term housing placements afterwards.”
The provincial and federal governments contributed a combined $2.25 million for the $3.34-million facility. The city, cash/land equity and mortgage financing provided the remainder.
“This project is an important step forward for those who require an affordable home as they work toward improving their quality of life and eventually living independently,” said Jennifer Campeau, Saskatchewan’s central services minister.
Since 1983, SHC has provided supportive residential services for those with a chronic mental illness. Its waiting list is around three years.