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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.

JOSHUA SAN­TOS/TIMES-HERALD

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.

JOSHUA SAN­TOS/TIMES-HERALD

A tour was given of the new one-bed­room rental units.

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