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Getting closer to being done

A couple of milestones around The Lighthouse.

  • The east tower at The Lighthouse is going to be open in June.  It will include 58 new affordable living apartments, a new kitchen, common area, and a deck area between the new tower.  Along with some other staff we got a tour of the building a couple of weeks ago and it is going to look fantastic.  They are working on a demonstration suite right now so in a couple of weeks from now we expect to have some photos and video to show you.
  • The Empire Hotel/west tower is getting some upgrades as well.  The mental health rooms are moving along smoothly.  Each room is being gutted and completely refurbished with new bathrooms, flooring, and wall coverings (there were layers of wallpaper up in some rooms).  The carpet in the hallways and rooms has been removed and will be replaced by a great looking laminate.

The goal is that over the next couple of years each of the 64 rooms in west tower of The Lighthouse will be given an overhaul.  We have 9 under renovations now which means we have 55 to go.  

Why do projects like this matter?  They make a big difference in the lives of the residents who are living here.  We have found that the living conditions of many of our residents were so poor before they came to The Lighthouse, they would actually access emergency shelter services on weekends because a mat on the floor was an upgrade over the places where they lived before.  While some of us get away to the lake or to Calgary for a weekend, life is so hard that a stay at a shelter was a way to help them cope.  When residents move into a suite that we have know, while it may have aged, the idea of home is so big for them that they can barely contain themselves.  Last week my wife and I were looking at some work that needed to be done when we ran into a resident who had just moved in.  When I asked her how it was going, she actually yelled at me in excitement.  Not only that but she realized she was talking really loud but noted that she was so happy, she couldn’t talk quieter.

We want to continue this as the norm and continue to invest into our residents and we can’t do that without your support.  Room renovations cost around $15,000 per room and involve a new washroom, flooring, wheel chair accessible doors, and upgrades to the windows.  It’s a big undertaking but it’s an investment in giving some of Saskatoon’s most vulnerable people a place to call home.

Media Release: LIGHTHOUSE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT UNDERWAY IN SASKATOON

From the Government of Saskatchewan

The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. (The Lighthouse) tower project is now under construction at 227 -20th Street East in Saskatoon. The Government of Saskatchewan, through Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), is contributing approximately $13 million in funding to the overall total cost of $15.3 million.

The remaining funding of $1.5 million is being provided by The Lighthouse and $925,000 from the City of Saskatoon.

“The province remains strongly committed to providing families and individuals with safe, adequate and affordable housing based on their needs,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude said. “These new units will provide independent living opportunities and access to needed supports for clients transitioning from supported living units. We are proud to have contributed to this project and, most importantly, to helping Saskatchewan individuals in need of this type of housing.”

“The Lighthouse is thankful for the continued support of our shared vision of affordable housing for all,” The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. Executive Director Don Windels  said. “Today celebrates a much needed expansion of safe and affordable housing and supportive programming for those in need in our community.”

“The City of Saskatoon is proud to be a part of the Lighthouse project by providing a capital grant and tax abatement,” Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison said. “This crucial expansion will provide a full spectrum of housing needs and ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have a roof over their heads and regular meals. Congratulations to Don Windels and the Lighthouse Supported Living organization for their determination, patience and foresight to see this project through to completion.”

The project will provide 58 new fully independent, studio transitional units (11 double and 47 single units) in addition to the existing 64 supported living units. This will provide approximately 130 units of available housing for The Lighthouse. Many of the units will be independent, and will add to the housing options offered by The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse currently offers both shelter space and supported living units for vulnerable low-income individuals, with meal service available on site. The new units will offer clients the opportunity to live independently, yet still access The Lighthouse supports.

The project is estimated to be completed in spring 2012.

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For more information, contact:

Linda Saliken
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0246

Media Release: Province Invests $11.5 Million in Saskatoon Affordable Housing Project

From CMHC and the Government of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, June 17, 2010 — Provincial and municipal representatives gathered in Saskatoon today to announce the development of 65 new affordable housing units for low-income individuals.  The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $11.5 million in the project through the federal and provincial Affordable Housing Trust. The project will be constructed at 227 – 20th Street East, presently a parking lot adjacent to and owned by Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. (The Lighthouse).

“The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed to this project through the Affordable Housing Trust,” Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, said. “These new units will provide quality, safe housing for individuals in Saskatchewan and boost the economic and social well-being of our communities.”

“Improving the quality of life for Saskatchewan people is a goal that we all share,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “Quality, safe and affordable housing, such as that provided by The Lighthouse project, is an important step towards achieving this goal, and is a key priority of our government.”

“We would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan for sharing our vision to develop safe, affordable housing,” Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. Executive Director Don Windels  said. “We are excited about the opportunities this provides The Lighthouse to do its part supporting those in need and making the community of Saskatoon shine brighter. We would also like to express our gratitude to our many independent partners who continue to support the work of The Lighthouse.”

The addition of the new units to the existing 63 units will provide approximately 130 units of available housing for The Lighthouse. Many of the units will be independent, and will add to the housing options offered by The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse currently offers both shelter space and supported living units for vulnerable low-income individuals, with meal service available on site. The new units will offer clients the opportunity to live independently, yet still access Lighthouse supports.

The project is estimated to be completed and ready for occupancy in December 2011.

For information contact:

Linda Saliken
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0246