Archive | September, 2012

Canadian Definition of Homelessness

This report summarizes what we know about the cost of addressing homelessness by looking at key literature from Canada and the United States. What becomes clear is that the status quo is actually really expensive. It may seem counter intuitive to suggest that it is cheaper and more cost effective to provide people who experience homelessness with the housing and supports they need, rather than simply provide them with emergency supports through shelters and soup kitchens. However, the research reviewed here indicates that this is actually the case. The best social and economic policies should be based on research and evidence, and in this case, the evidence points to the fact that if we do things differently, we not only achieve better social outcomes, but we also save money.

Photos from the Grand Opening of the East Tower

The Honourable June Draude speaking

Minister June Draude, Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation spoke first. The SHC contributed approximately $12.9 million toward the total project cost of more than $17 million, with the balance provided by the Lighthouse and the City of Saskatoon.

His Worship Mayor Don Atchison

City of Saskatoon’s Mayor Don Atchison spoke on behalf of the city.

People attending the grand opening

People attending the grand opening

Many people from other community service agencies that help us support our clients also attended.

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Our Executive Director Don Windels thanked our partners for their support.

Prayer of dedication

Reverend Brad Mayer blessed the new building.

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The Minister, Mayor, our ED, Norm and Melba (long-time supporters), and Pierre Trudel, President of our board cutting the ribbon!