SASKATOON, Sept. 25, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, along with the City of Saskatoon, Sanctum Care Group and Stewart Properties, officially opened Sanctum 1.5, a new 10-unit affordable rental housing project that will help support pre- and post-natal women living with or at risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Sanctum 1.5 is unique in Saskatchewan and Canada, filling a gap of housing and support, and improving health outcomes. This will be the first housing project in Saskatchewan geared towards the needs of pregnant women who are struggling with polysubstance use, and are HIV-positive or at risk of contracting HIV.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Honourable Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) along with the Honourable Jim Reiter, Minister of Health, His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, Katelyn Roberts, Executive Director of Sanctum Care Group and Tyler Stewart, President of Stewart Properties, made the announcement.
"The National Housing Strategy recognizes that the types of housing barriers faced by women are unique, and often women are disproportionately impacted by housing need. Sanctum 1.5 is designed to provide critical, specialized services to vulnerable women who might otherwise have nowhere else to go, potentially breaking the cycle of HIV transmission. Our Government is proud to be part of innovative, forward-thinking solutions like this, and I wish all future residents well on their journey of recovery.
— Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"This project, and the partnerships behind it, is a wonderful example of what can take place when we work together to support individuals and families in greatest housing need. Our government strongly believes in partnering with others to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people. We are delighted to help make this project a reality and continue to keep Saskatchewan strong."
— Honourable Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for SHC
"The opening of this new housing complex is a positive investment because what is opening today is so much more than a home. The announcement today represents a pathway to a strong quality of life for some of our most vulnerable citizens with housing and community supports being offered together. Safe housing is important for everyone, and I would like to thank Stewart Properties and Sanctum for collaborating to deliver on such an important initiative for our entire community."
— His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor, City of Saskatoon
"Sanctum 1.5 is the first of its kind in Canada, it is an innovative model created in response to the unique needs of women in this community. It's about changing the way we respond to the most vulnerable, creating services and supports that simultaneously address the medical and psycho-social needs of the clients we serve while also eliminating the systematic barriers that perpetuate inequality in this community."
— Katelyn Roberts, Executive Director, Sanctum Care Group
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To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government's vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $780 million to develop or repair over 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Media Contacts, Valérie Glazer, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Leonard Catling, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 604-787-1787, [email protected]; Leya Moore, Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, 306-787-3610, [email protected]
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