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  • Housing Transition Will Help More People in Need

    Released on January 22, 2015

    More people in need will have access to housing due to a decision to transition the Affordable Housing Program into the Social Housing Program in Saskatchewan’s largest centers.
    “It is our intent to ensure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as persons with disabilities and families with low-incomes, have better access to safe, quality housing,” Social Services Minister and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer said.  “At the same time, we also need to ensure that our government housing remains truly affordable for those who live in it, and that is why this transition is so important.”

    “It makes sense to have one housing program that makes it easier and more affordable for households in need,” Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson said.  “This transition will result in significant reductions in monthly rents for hundreds of Saskatchewan seniors, families and individuals and will convert 2,700 housing units for people who need them the most.”

    Beginning March 1, 2015, anyone who applies for government-owned rental housing in urban centres will only be eligible for the Social Housing Rental Program, where rent is based on 30 per cent of income.
    Existing Affordable Housing tenants will have the opportunity to transition to the Social Housing Program.  Many existing tenants should benefit from a rent decrease immediately, based on their income.  Tenants who remain in the Affordable Housing Program will pay a lower market rent, but these rents will increase over time.

    “This transition will reduce, or have no change, on the rent of almost 1,300 low-income households, putting more money in their pocket and ensuring that more vulnerable people have access to social housing,” Harpauer said.

    For further details on the transition and the communities where the Affordable Housing Program is transitioning, please contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567.
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    For more information, contact:
    Leya Moore Social Services Regina Phone: 306-787-3610 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We are national leaders in economic expansion, population growth and employment opportunities. Saskatchewan is an ideal place to live, work, receive an education or start a business. There is no other place my wife and I would rather raise our three children.

I am proud of what our Government is doing to make life more affordable  for families in Regina Dewdney. Families will benefit from the expansion of the Active Families Benefit Program. First-time homebuyers will have an easier time attaining that dream of owning their first home through the new Saskatchewan First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit.

Students graduating from high school will now find post-secondary more affordable and attainable through the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Program. Seniors will benefit from the new Seniors Personal Care Home Benefit and through the increase to the Seniors Income Plan. These are all important areas to our province, our city, our communities and to Regina Dewdney.

I would love to hear from you. Please contact me with any concerns or issues that I can assist you with. If you have a loved one in Regina Dewdney who is celebrating a significant milestone birthday or anniversary, I would be pleased to provide a congratulatory message for them.

Thank you to the members of Regina Dewdney for giving me this great opportunity to better serve our wonderful communities. I am truly humbled and will work tirelessly on your behalf in the coming months and years.

 

Gene Makowsky, MLA
Regina Dewdney

 

 

 

 

 

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