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Partnership Helps People with Disabilities

MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan, April 15, 2005 — People with disabilities will have access to shelter, affordable housing and support, thanks to a partnership involving three levels of government and the community.

The Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation will receive $1.5 million to construct a 16-unit apartment building and a community service centre that will provide emergency shelter, safe supported shelter, affordable housing and a range of support services to adults who experience severe and persistent mental illness.

"This investment from the Government of Canada will enable the Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation to continue providing the essential programs and services to people who need them most," said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing. "We are committed to helping local organizations develop housing and homelessness solutions that meet the needs of their community."

"The project supports the goals of our HomeFirst strategy by helping people with disabilities to live as independently as possible," Community Resources and Employment Minister and Minister Responsible for the Office of Disabilities Joanne Crofford said. "As part of the strategy our government will create 2,000 new affordable housing units through the Centenary Affordable Housing Program by 2008."

"The City of Moose Jaw is very pleased to have the opportunity to participate as a partner to provide housing of this quality," according to Moose Jaw Mayor Al Schwinghamer. "We realize there is a requirement in the community to accommodate the needs of all sectors of our population. Congratulations to the Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation for its role in providing affordable housing units of this quality."

"This project provides much needed safe and affordable housing for people with a disability in our community," Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation Chair Brenda Walper-Bossence said. "The inclusion of a Community Services Centre means the project's benefits will extend far beyond the walls of the new building."

The Government of Canada is contributing $541,725 from the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI) and $440,000 from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The project is also receiving $352,000 from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, $170,066 from the Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation, $100,000 from the Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association, and $88,000 from the City of Moose Jaw.

The NHI contribution will be used to construct four transitional units and the community service centre, which will provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services that support progress toward independent living. The CMHC, SHC and municipal contributions will be used to help construct 12 one-bedroom affordable units.

This project is part of the Centenary Affordable Housing Program (CAHP), an intergovernmental initiative to increase the supply of affordable off-reserve housing in Saskatchewan. The CMHC, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and local municipalities are funding the program.

For more information, contact:

Jason Cobb, Communications
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
(403) 515-2903

John Embury
Minister Goodale's Office
(613) 996-7861

Herman Hulshof
Communications Branch
Saskatchewan Community Resources and Employment
(306) 787-0916

Garry McKay
City of Moose Jaw
(306) 694-4427

Brenda Walper-Bossence
Moose Jaw Non Profit Housing Corporation
(306) 693-7288

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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