Low-income seniors housing opens in Saskatchewan

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, along with the City of Humboldt and Stewart Properties, announced the completion of a new low-income seniors housing community located in Humboldt. Called the Elizabeth Retirement Community, the project was made possible by a joint investment of more than $1 million from the federal and provincial governments.

The innovative mixed-use project provides lower income seniors with additional accessibility and support services at an affordable rate as it bridges the cost between market senior’s units and social housing. In total, the new community consists of 40 units: 23 independent-living suites, three studio suites, one hospitality/respite suite and 13 assisted-living suites.

“Our Government is committed to caring for our aging citizens,” said the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “We are pleased to announce the official opening of The Elizabeth Retirement Community, an innovative, newly refreshed and rebuilt affordable housing development which will enable low-income seniors to age independently within their own community.”

The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—a 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.

This investment in low-income seniors housing supports the Saskatchewan Housing Strategy, Disability Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have affordable, safe, secure and stable housing.

“The Elizabeth will give seniors the stability, comfort, and safety they need and enable them to remain close to family and friends,” said the Hon. Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for SHC. “We are pleased to work with the Government of Canada, the City of Humboldt and Stewart Properties to meet that need here in Humboldt. This unique project provides safe and affordable housing to seniors in need. Our goal is to continue to help those in greatest housing need and keep Saskatchewan strong.”

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