New housing project tackles Moose Jaws' needs

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"I think all communities in Saskatchewan have undergone this burst of population explosion. People are moving into the province and communities like Moose Jaw and the rest of the province are working hard so they can supply housing to people," said Ray Boughen MP for Palliser. 

Moose Jaw Mayor, Deb Higgins, checks out Sunflower Manor, a new affordable housing project, with Ray Boughen the MP for Palliser. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

A new affordable rental housing project for moderate-income individuals and families opened up in Moose Jaw Monday to fit the need of Moose Jaw's growing population.

The facility, Sunflower Manor, located at 651 - 4th Ave. SW, consists of six units.

"This achievement gives hope to residents who need good quality and affordable housing and this facility certainly fills that need," said Boughen. 

Sunflower Manor cost $920,000 to build, with the Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan investing $240,000 toward the project. Additionally the province and the City of Moose Jaw jointly contributed $60,000. The funding balance of $620,000 was provided through cash, land equity and financing. 

This housing development is another plus for the community as a whole, said Deb Higgins, Mayor of Moose Jaw. 

"If you had been in Moose Jaw a few years ago and looked at the rental accommodation rates and vacancy rates, it was pretty dire," said Higgins.

Since then, the city, province and federal government developed a partnership to ease the situation by providing affordable and accessible housing for the community.

"We're celebrating these six units, but most importantly we're celebrating the fact that six individuals and families will be able to put down roots in a home that meets their needs," said Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence. 

Since November 2007, the government has completed or has under construction over a 131 new rental units in Moose Jaw.

"It addresses housing which is vital to people. Everyone needs a home, so this satisfies that position," said Boughen. "I think this illustrates what can be done when you have three levels of government working together. You have the city, province and federal government. This partnership bodes well for Canada as a whole."

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