New apartment open for residents with complex needs
A new 12-unit rental building for vulnerable citizens officially opened doors on Monday.
Individuals with cognitive difficulties will receive support at Wakamow Place II.
“Having a facility that’s able to put the extra supports in place for these folks in conjunction with Wakamow Place is an excellent project,” said Greg Lawrence, MLA for Wakamow.
The project was a joint effort between the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MJNP) and federal, provincial and municipal governments.
To celebrate the grand opening, a ceremony was held in front of the new building on 244 Manitoba Street East on Monday afternoon.
It featured speeches from dignitaries including Lawrence, representing Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Coun. Don Mitchell of the City of Moose Jaw and Kim Tyndall, affordable housing consultant for Canada Mortgage and Housing Cooperation.
“It’s a good project. It’s a long time coming and I’m very happy the city was able to be a partner in making it come true,” said Mitchell.
The housing corporation and Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association Inc. will provide support services to assist tenants on their path to recovery.
Lawrence said the provincial government is pleased to work with federal and municipal partners as well the MJNP to help individuals actively recover from mental illness and addictions.
“Our goal is to keep Saskatchewan strong, and together with our partners, we are continuing to achieve this vision. Most importantly, we are responding to those in greatest housing need and helping them to move forward,” he said.
Tyndall said it’s important to provide a sense of home. For individuals who are vulnerable, she said they need extra support and assistance.
“By providing adequate and quality housing, it just gives them an overall better quality of life,” said Tyndall.
Following the ribbon cutting, a tour of the rental units was given for guests.
The one-bedroom units are 47.4 square metres. The federal and provincial governments contributed $1.3 million to the project. MJNP contributed $459,000 in the form of mortgage financing and the City of Moose Jaw pitched in $112,500 through cash and land equity, according to a news release.
From left, Coun. Don Mitchell, Greg Lawrence, MLA for Wakamow, Brenda Walper-Bossence, chairperson for Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Kim Tyndall, affordable housing consultant for Canada Mortgage and Housing Cooperation and Paul Wilder, Operations Manager for the Moose Jaw Housing Authority marked the opening of ‘Wakamow Place II’ with a ribbon cutting.
A tour was given of the new one-bedroom rental units.