Construction is underway to build an 18-bedroom transitional housing project in Saskatoon.
The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) announced that 3twenty Modular, a local general contractor, will design and construct the building at 115 Columbian Pl., with a plan to finish by Christmas.
“The two-storey, 18-unit facility will serve single males who are disproportionately represented in the homeless population,” said STC chief Mark Arcand.
“This supported-living facility will include a family and cultural space, along with offices and meeting spaces. These 18 units are a welcome addition to the 222 units currently owned by Cress Housing. They will allow us to expand and continue to improve people’s quality of life in Saskatoon.”
“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a safe place to call home. One of the most crucial forms of housing we need right now is housing that comes with supports. Supports are critical to help people stabilize and get back on their feet, which is what the Saskatoon Tribal Council is including in their housing project,” said Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark.
“So many people without housing are Indigenous, and having these supports provided through an Indigenous perspective is an important part of how our community responds to these needs. Thank you to all partners for their ongoing commitment to our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families.”
This building is one of the two projects funded through Canada’s National Housing Strategy’s Rapid Housing Initiative.
The federal government provided $7.5 million last year to create an estimated 32 new affordable housing units for vulnerable people in Saskatoon.
A 14-unit building was also funded for the Central Urban Metis Federation Inc. (CUMFI), which is located at 1520 19th St. W., to provide housing for families at risk of homelessness.
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