HeadStart on home ownership

Cole Carruthers
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Minister of Social Services, June Draude hands new home owner Mandy Dykstra, a registered
nurse at Union Hospital, the key to her new condo.

Plaxton Ridge Condominiums held a ribbon-cutting and key ceremony on Monday.

Minister of Social Services June Draude made the official hand-off of the key to new home owner Mandy Dykstra, a registered nurse employed at Union Hospital.

“It was Jen Patterson, my realtor who told me," Dykstra said about how she initially found out out about the property. “I was looking at houses and she told me 'you should come look at these condos, they're really good.'”

The homes at Plaxton Ridge, a 15-unit, three-story apartment-style condominium located at 221 Main Street South, is part of the HeadStart on a Home program. The Government of Saskatchewan provided $1.9 million in financial assistance through the program.

“We talked about HeadStart on a Home and I want to tell you we are so proud of it,” Draude told those in attendance. “Government can’t do it alone. What I’ve learned over the last couple of years with the various programs is working in relationship with municipalities and builders and developers and everybody who has a dream for the future.”

Owner of Plaxton Development and Schultz Electric, Brett Schultz is one such developer Draude was referring to. Schultz saw a need for affordable housing in Moose Jaw and decided to use the land at 221 Main St. South for the project.

“We’re 100 per cent done, got a couple nicknacks here to do, but otherwise it’s all inhabitable," Schultz said. “We’ve got four people moved in already and we have two more moving in in 15 days.”

The province has been facing a continual housing crunch due to a population growth provided by economic growth. Moose Jaw’s city site lists apartment rental vacancies at less than two per cent, with Regina fairing even worse at less than one per cent.

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.


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Recent comments

  • Stu Pud
    November 07, 2012 - 13:27

    Gosh, I had to read my email again...seems to me I said it was nice that a registered nurse was buying a home. Still wondering what those that are making minimum wage are going to do. But, by reading your comments "WORKING", those people working in retail, restaurants, etc. that make minimum wage or barely over it, should better themselves. hmm.... Who would serve your coffee or clean your hotel room? Hope you read your comments again.

  • jordan
    November 06, 2012 - 13:10

    you still have to come up with a percentage as a down payment. The idea behind this program, is to make house affordable in this ridiculous market where speculation has run wild, for qualified buyers. There buy free up more rental space for you low income eaners who don't want to do anything to improve your own situation and just wait around for a government hand out. I'd engage you more but you have to take your head out of the sand and i wouldn't want to disturb you.

  • Stu Pud
    November 05, 2012 - 19:17

    Nice to see that a Registered Nurse can afford a home with a bit of help. How about those earning minimum wage?

    • working
      November 06, 2012 - 09:58

      This seem to be a good program for people who want to excell in life not for the people who don't try to make themselves better by getting extra education or ob training and just want to sit and ask for a hand out not a hand up. bumbs!!!!!!!