Saskatchewan citizens facing the greatest housing need will soon have better access to social housing thanks to program changes announced recently.
“It is our responsibility to make sure that Saskatchewan people with the greatest housing need, such as those fleeing domestic violence, or those struggling with homelessness, low-income, or a permanent disability, have better access to the Social Housing Program,” Social Services Minister June Draude says.
“These changes are necessary when you consider how much Saskatchewan’s housing market has evolved over the past several years and factor in our record-level population growth,” Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson says.
New social housing tenants will be selected based upon a more balanced approach that considers more than their financial circumstances, such as the safety, condition and crowding of their existing home. Consideration will also be given to those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence.
Other changes to the Social Housing Program include transparent eligibility criteria that better targets people most in need, and fair rents for people accessing the program. Taken together, these changes make Saskatchewan’s social housing policies more consistent with other provinces in western Canada. Saskatchewan currently has the most social housing units per capita in western Canada.
Program changes will be introduced this fall in the largest urban centres. Over the course of the next year, the program changes will be introduced throughout the rest of the province and discussions will take place with local housing authorities in smaller and northern communities to develop a solution to address the specific housing needs of seniors.
For further details on the new social housing policies, contact the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation toll-free at 1-800-667-7567