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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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AFFORDABLE SENIORS' HOUSING IN REGINA

There is more affordable housing for seniors in Regina, thanks to an

innovative funding arrangement involving the intergovernmental Centenary

Affordable Housing Program and seniors themselves. Benson Manor, a $5

million, 50-unit seniors' project was officially opened today.



The Centenary Affordable Housing Program provided $2.75 million in

government funding for the project-including $275,000 from the City of

Regina-under the auspices of the Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing

Program Agreement. The residents of Benson Manor provided the rest of the

funding by investing equity from their former homes.



"Today's ceremony is a tangible demonstration of the significant support of

the Government of Canada to ensure affordable housing for the people of

Saskatchewan," Public Works and Government Services Minister Ralph Goodale

said, on behalf of Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation David Collenette. "The recent

affordable housing agreement reached with Saskatchewan is a key part of the

Government of Canada's $680 million affordable housing commitment across

Canada."



"The province has been working closely with communities over the past

number of years to develop innovative, cost-effective housing solutions,"

Regina Elphinstone MLA Warren McCall said, on behalf of Saskatchewan Social

Services Minister Glenn Hagel. "Benson Manor is the latest in a series of

housing projects tailored to address the unique needs of individual

Saskatchewan communities. As we look forward to the province's Centenary

in 2005, the recent establishment of the Centenary Affordable Housing

Program will increase Saskatchewan residents' access to adequate,

affordable housing."



"There is no question that the City's investment in this complex is a

valuable one," Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco said. "The concept behind Benson

Manor addresses a growing need in our community to provide affordable

housing for older adults who want to live independently but no longer want

the responsibilities of looking after a house. It also addresses

recommendations made by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Housing to

enhance opportunities for affordable housing in our city."



Most of the provincial government funding for the Centenary Affordable

Housing Program is from the Saskatchewan Centenary Fund. The fund was

established to help accelerate social housing and a variety of other

important capital projects leading up to the province's Centenary.



The Benson Manor facility will be able to accommodate the delivery of

special services, such as meals, housekeeping, laundry and recreation, at

the discretion of residents. This will translate into more independence

and an enhanced quality of life for residents.



Finalized in June 2002, the Canada-Saskatchewan Affordable Housing Program

Agreement will provide the Centenary Affordable Housing Program with $45.86

million over the next five years from federal, provincial and municipal

levels of government and other sources to increase the supply of affordable

housing in Saskatchewan.



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For more information, contact:



Brian Miller

Saskatchewan Social Services

Regina

Phone: (306) 787-0531



Mary Ann Kenney

CMHC

Calgary

Phone: (403) 515-2903



Robert Bjerke

Housing Coordinator

Urban Planning Division

City of Regina

Phone: (306) 777-7533
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