Affordable housing is now available in Swift Current for people with brain injuries and disabilities

Swift Current residents living with brain injuries or disabilities now have improved access to affordable housing, thanks to investments from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and Mental Health and Addictions Minister and Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Gene Makowsky, and representatives from Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing (PPIH) came together to make this a reality and they’re celebrating the grand opening of four supportive housing units.

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Hussen.

“These new four-plex homes will provide stability and access to vital support services needed to live comfortably and with dignity. This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”

$656,000 in funding, through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy, has gone towards the project.

“The Government of Saskatchewan knows that affordable housing helps people live in our communities to their fullest potential and that some people may need additional support to live independently,” Hindley said.

“That is why we are proud to support our partners at Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing as they develop housing options that offer residents dignity and security and contributes to their well-being, participation, and success.”

PPIH has worked with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to determine the best way to house individuals with brain injuries. They have seen success when those with brain injuries live in safe, affordable, and quiet supported living spaces.

The new four-plex is located at 302 Central Avenue South in Swift Current, near the PPIH administrative office, allowing management to have regular and informal contact with tenants who have higher needs.

“Upon acquiring the old Pioneer Lodge site, the board of Prairie Pioneer Independent Housing created a long-term vision to provide housing options for seniors with varying needs and who require specialized housing supports,” Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing CEO Deborah DeMars said.

“This is our inaugural build on this new site and we look forward to continuing to build and create exciting housing options for seniors in our community.”

These one-bedroom units include outdoor spaces and were designed to be suitable for people with brain injuries, with one designed for additional accessibility.

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