New rental units provide First Nations housing

Elisabeth Dowson
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The Grand Opening of the 22-unit Silver Sage rental housing development at 755 - 1st Ave. N.W., was held Aug. 24, with the project made possible by the joint efforts of Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and the Silver Sage Housing Corporation.

“These new homes will help address and alleviate the need for affordable housing in Swift Current,” Silver Sage Holdings Board Chair and File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Chairperson Edmund Bellegarde said. “This development supports our organization’s founding principle that recognizes our Treaty Right to Shelter for our First Nations members living off reserve.

“We will continue to work with Saskatchewan Housing Corporation to give our off-reserve members an opportunity to live in affordable housing and maintain a better quality of life.”

“We have been pleased to work with the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation on this exciting project,” Silver Sage General Manager Maynard Sonntag said. “With this new development, Silver Sage now has nearly 500 affordable housing units for off-reserve First Nations people.”

Located close to the downtown area, services and shops, the development consists of two two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom townhouse style units, for a total of 22 homes. The total cost of the project is approximately $4.7 million. Of that amount, SHC contributed $2.4 million, with the funding balance provided by Silver Sage.

The rental suites are available to all families with an income threshold of $52,000 per household.

Silver Sage Housing Corporation is a non-profit housing organization that was Incorporated on November 8, 1983. Currently the Corporation manages 438 rental units that are situated in the City of Regina, Towns of Fort Qu’Appelle, Indian Head, Sintaluta and now the 22 townhouse complex in the City of Swift Current.

 

Organizations: Silver Sage Housing, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatchewan

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