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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:54

Ribbon cutting celebrates seniors housing partnership

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Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing board member Dan Martens speaks during the Sept. 7 ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of 24 new rental units. Looking on, from left to right, are Minister of Social Services June Draude, Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson and Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing board member Dan Martens speaks during the Sept. 7 ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of 24 new rental units. Looking on, from left to right, are Minister of Social Services June Draude, Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson and Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

The results of a partnership between all three levels of government to provide in the housing needs of low-income seniors were celebrated during a ribbon cutting in Swift Current on Sept. 7.

 

The development of 24 new rental units at 190 Gladstone Street West by Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing Inc. (PPIH) received close to $2.4 million from Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The federal and provincial governments contributed equally to the investment through the Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing Program agreement.

“Today’s event demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together,” Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson said. “It takes efforts and partnerships at all levels to get real results and we’re glad to be able to be part of that.”

Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude thanked PPIH for its dedication and innovation.

“Things have to happen at the local level so that governments can work with partners and make things happen in your areas,” she said. “You know what’s needed in your communities.”

She emphasized the importance of providing in the housing needs of Saskatchewan residents during the province's current growth phase.

“We know that housing is one of the really important and stressful needs across the province,” she said. “That’s why we’re so happy to work with profit and not for profit organizations to make a difference.”

PPIH is a non-profit housing corporation with 20 participating municipalities in the Swift Current area. Swift Current Councillor and PPIH board member Dan Martens described the project as a model of a true partnership.

It consists of six single-storey, four-plex units. The 562 square feet one-bedroom units have in-floor heating, vaulted ceilings and private parking in a courtyard setting.

The event also served as an official announcement for the project to renovate 70 one-bedroom units of the existing Prairie Pioneers seniors housing, which is located at 300 Central Avenue South.

This project received a $1.6 million funding allocation from the Saskatchewan Home Repair Program – Rental Repair. This program is a result of the Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 agreement between the federal and Saskatchewan governments.

“As exciting as it is to build the new 24 units and it certainly is, if we lose the 70 units to disrepair we really have a major net loss,” Martens said.

He indicated that the project is on budget and four to six weeks ahead of schedule. The renovation work includes health and safety upgrades as well as plumbing, heating, electrical and exterior improvements.

 

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