July 7, 2016 8:28 pm
Updated: July 7, 2016 8:40 pm

Saskatchewan and federal government announce $74.1 million affordable housing strategy

Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer and Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale sign Investment in Affordable Housing agreement.

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Provincial Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer and Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale signed a partnership today to invest $74.1 million in affordable housing.

The two-year deal will focus on supporting affordable housing for seniors, building and renovating transition houses for people escaping family violence, repairs, and improving energy and water efficiency at existing complexes.

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Goodale said this will be a “very significant upgrade” to what’s available, and housing is one of the most common issues he hears about when talking with constituents.

“An investment that is very focused and concentrated in a two-year period to make a very real difference is something that’s valuable, it’s timely, and it’s relevant to the day to day needs of people,” Goodale said.

Senior’s housing will receive $7.7 million, $3.8 million will go toward construction and renovation of domestic violence shelters, and $24 million will go to making social housing units more eco-friendly and other repairs.

‘We’ve had a number of years where the availability of housing was of extreme concern in our province, but now we’re re-focusing the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation on affordability and services for those most vulnerable,” Harpauer said.

“Housing is going to be a key response to our strategies; The Disabilities Strategy, the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy.”

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