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New Regina Inner-City Demonstration Home Opens Its Doors

REGINA, Saskatchewan, September 8, 2005 — An innovative and affordable demonstration home opened its doors in Regina's North Central neighbourhood today. Through its design and construction, this unique home has numerous advancements that make it sustainable, energy efficient, affordable, accessible and allow it to meet the standards of Healthy HousingTM.

A project of the Regina Inner City Community Partnership, the Demonstration House is the result of a partnership between the Federal and Provincial governments, the City of Regina, and Ehrlo Community Services. Many local businesses and other members of the housing community participated in the project as well, providing sweat equity and in-kind contributions.

"We are taking important strides towards reinvigorating Regina's inner city community," said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing. "The Government of Canada is committed to helping build stronger communities by working in partnership with local people and local groups to make sure lower-income individuals get the quality, affordable housing they need."

"This demonstration house provides the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation with the opportunity to determine the potential application of these unique design features to our housing programs," said Saskatchewan Community Resources and Employment Minister Joanne Crofford. "We are excited to be part of the project team."

"This project is another great example of different levels of government and community working together to improve living conditions and the quality of life for Regina's residents," said Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco. "Investing in the Regina Inner City Community Partnership's Demonstration House project clearly reflects City Council's long range vision to see a city that is attractive, generous, affordable, accessible, compact, and competitive."

"It's been a pleasure to work on such an interesting and valuable project with so many partners contributing to the project," said Ehrlo Community Services President and CEO Dr. Geoff Pawson. "We believe that suitable, affordable, accessible housing is essential to a person's well-being, and consequentially to the well-being of our communities. We're proud to see this house take shape in Regina's inner city."

CMHC provided $14,750 in funding under the Affordable Housing Initiative, in addition to contributing the Healthy HousingTM and FlexHousingTM concepts and designs. The project also received $30,000 in funding from the Government of Canada's Urban Aboriginal Strategy, $19,500 in funding from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, $10,000 in funding from the City of Regina, and $5,000 from Ehrlo Community Services. All stakeholders also made in-kind contributions, with staff time and expertise. Total cost of the two-storey construction is $149,900.

Starting September 10, members of the public will have the opportunity to visit the house to check out the innovations and technical advancements:

Opening House schedule
Saturday, September 10: noon – 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: noon – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

More information can be found online at:

Urban Aboriginal Strategy www.ainc-inac.gc.ca
Saskatchewan Housing Corporation www.dcre.gov.sk.ca
City of Regina www.regina.ca
Ehrlo Community Services www.ehrlo.com/ecs/

For more information, please contact:

Jason Cobb
Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation
Calgary Alberta
(403) 515-2903
Bob Bjerke
City of Regina
(306) 777-7533
Lee Cowie
Human Resources
and Skills Development Canada
(306) 780-6249
Helen Finucane
Ehrlo Community Services
(306) 584-3313
Cell: (306) 537-2648
Debbie Clark
Saskatchewan Community Resources
and Employment
(306) 787-8689