Media Release: LIGHTHOUSE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT UNDERWAY IN SASKATOON
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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