The Lighthouse Supported Living is a non-profit housing provider that offers affordable, long term supportive, transitional, and emergency housing for men, women, and families in Saskatoon.
The Lighthouse provides emergency shelter for single men and women in two separate dorms. These emergency shelters are for people who either have nowhere to call home or their living situation is such that it is safer for them to be in a shelter. The causes range from people who have just had a bad series of events set them back financially, domestic violence to a series of concurrent disorders. They are given a safe place to sleep, a place to store belongings and supports to help them find employment (if needed) and long term housing that is safe and sustainable.
The Lighthouse’s first tower was known for many years as the Capri Hotel (and before that the historic Empire Hotel). It features 64 rooms that house a variety of residents who need varying levels of support to allow them to function in the community. It’s a diverse community and ranges from transitioning youth to low income seniors. Some have physical and cognitive disabilities and are overcoming addictions. What they all have in common is that they find a sense of community, safety, and a place to call home at The Lighthouse.
In 2012, The Lighthouse opened its East Tower, a 58 suite affordable housing facility made up of one and two bedroom suites, classroom space, common area, and a large dining room that is available for all of our residents. The below market rents make it possible for people with financial difficulties to find somewhere safe to live.
After a time at the Lighthouse, some of our residents are ready to move back into the wider Saskatoon community. The Lighthouse operates five homes in the community for residents to live in where they learn to keep the homes running, live with roommates, and integrate themselves back into members of the community.
The expansion of the Lighthouse doesn’t just mean more housing units, it gives us an opportunity to offer new services both residents and others in the community that need it. Our finished building will offer a drop-in centre, a nurse’s station, employment centre, education programs, and meals open to the public.