Construction Set to Begin for a New Affordable Housing Project in Prince Albert
PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN, June 17, 2016 — The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, along with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Prince Albert Branch, announced funding for the construction of an eight-unit rental housing project for individuals with complex needs.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Joe Hargrave, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Prince Albert Carlton, on behalf of the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), and Doug Kinar, Executive Director of CMHA Prince Albert Branch, made the announcement today.
- Located at 581 and 585 7th Street East in Prince Albert, the project consists of the new construction of eight one-bedroom rental units in two four-plexes. Each unit is approximately 560 square feet (52 square meters).
- The Federal and Provincial Governments, through CMHC and SHC, are jointly contributing up to $900,000 towards the eight units under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) 2014-2019 Agreement.
- An additional $390,000 in funding will be provided by CMHA in the form of mortgage financing.
- CMHA is a non-profit corporation operating in Prince Albert since 1997. Focusing on assisting those with mental health illness ,it also provides a drop-in center (The Nest), vocational, recreation, education, wellness programming, as well as a community kitchen and a lunch program.
- Independent living supports for tenants will be provided by CMHA, with additional support services and programming from the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region.
- This investment supports the Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.
“Our Government is committed to investing in affordable housing all across Canada. Thanks to all our partners, eight new apartments will be built in the great community of Prince Albert. These four-plexes will offer a safe and affordable place to live for Canadians who will call this home.”
— Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“Providing an affordable place for individuals in greatest need to live in safety and comfort is a top priority of our Government. These homes address the need for this type of housing in Prince Albert, and supports our most vulnerable citizens. We congratulate everyone involved in this project which will further our plan to keep Saskatchewan strong.”
— Joe Hargrave, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Prince Albert Carlton, on behalf of the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
“I am thrilled the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are supporting CMHA PA Branch by providing funding to construct affordable housing units for people living with mental illnesses. We will continue to provide support for people living with mental illnesses through our programs and services, including providing supportive housing.”
— Doug Kinar, Executive Director, CMHA Prince Albert Branch
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, we contribute to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provide support for Canadians in housing need, and offer unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of our operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested almost $700 million to develop and repair more than 14,600 homes around the province.
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