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Federal and provincial governments support Habitat for Humanity project in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, October 23, 2017 — The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are working with Habitat for Humanity and its partners by helping Saskatchewan people in greatest housing need and strengthening communities.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), along with His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon and Barb Cox-Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon, officially announced funding to support a new 12-unit Habitat for Humanity housing development in Saskatoon.

Quick facts:

  • The Government of Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $300,000 to build the homes through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
  • Located at 211 Slimmon Road, six out of twelve units are under construction, and six are ready for occupancy.
  • The project consists of 12 townhouse-style homes, each ranging in size from approximately 930 square feet (86 square metres) for three-bedroom units, and up to 1,256 square feet (116 square metres) for four-bedroom homes.
  • The Province’s overall commitment to Habitat for Humanity totals $9.8 million since March 2009. Of this amount, the federal and provincial governments have invested $2 million, thanks to the Social Infrastructure Fund, under the two most recent agreements between Saskatchewan and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s innovative delivery model provides opportunities for families to stabilize their housing and to achieve their homeownership goals. Each partner family selected by Habitat for Humanity contributes 500 partnering hours in building their home or other Habitat homes. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and their work across Saskatchewan, visit www.habitat.ca.

Quotes:

“Our Government is delighted to work in partnership with organizations like Habitat to build the sort of safe, appropriate, affordable housing necessary for healthy, sustainable communities. This important investment will help stabilize the lives of 12 families—a significant achievement. Through new investments like this project, our government is helping those who need it most in Saskatoon and all of Canada.”
— Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Like Habitat, our government believes in making affordable housing accessible to low-income Saskatchewan families who could not otherwise achieve the dream of homeownership. Through safe, quality, affordable housing we are empowering families to build strength, stability and self-reliance, and build a promising future. We are pleased to work with our partners to help 12 more Saskatchewan families embark on this exciting path, to celebrate the concept of the Slimmon Road Project in Saskatoon, and to continue keeping Saskatchewan strong.”
— Honourable Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation

“The work that Habitat for Humanity spearheads in Saskatoon and beyond is so crucial for the creation of safe and connected communities where all people can thrive. This project will not only create 12 new units, but it also represents a life-changing milestone for 12 families. This is such a worthwhile endeavour as it helps to build shared prosperity and the collective success of our city.” 
— His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor, City of Saskatoon

“Everyone deserves a strong foundation for their family, and that starts with a home. Habitat Saskatoon creates strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. The Habitat for Humanity model bridges the gap from rental to ownership for low-income families. Our donors, volunteers and community partners help us in filling this gap, which creates a lasting impact for families and communities.”
— Barb Cox-Lloyd, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon

Associated links:

  • As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • 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 over $770 million to develop or repair almost 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Gabriel Teo
CMHC
604-737-4137
gteo@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Leya  Moore
Saskatchewan  Ministry of Social Services
306-787-3610
leya.moore@gov.sk.ca

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