REGINA — The Souls Harbour Rescue Mission (SHRM) has officially opened a new 17-unit affordable rental housing development for individuals living with physical or cognitive disabilities, mental illness, addictions and behavioural disorders who are unable to maintain secure housing without support services.
“From the reclamation of a contaminated piece of land, to the construction of a passively designed new facility with various green initiatives, this is the Samaritan Project,” said SHRM executive director Joseph Miller in a statement.
“With enhanced stewardship as the focal point of the project, we can now provide more food, clothing, emergency shelter, day care services and permanent housing to those in need. The heart of the people we serve beats strongly within the walls of the new Gerri Carroll Hope Centre.”
The centre opened its doors to the public in December after securing more than $1.4 million in funding through the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement and $340,000 from the City of Regina.
Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said the project is going to make a big impact for some of Regina’s most vulnerable citizens.
“With a guiding hand from the dedicated people at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, these people will be able to get the care and supports they need to help break the cycle of homelessness,” he said.
“And with green technology throughout and a reduced carbon footprint, our government is pleased to partner on important, innovative projects just like this.”
Located at 1632 Angus St. in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood, the project consists of 13 bachelor and four one-bedroom units within a larger facility containing a day care, emergency shelter, clothing depot, kitchen and dining room.
The centre is adjacent to the SHRM’s existing development, Harbour House.
Support services will be provided in-house, including meal assistance and food security, clothing, addictions counselling, rent payment support services and referrals to community support partners.
In addition, there will be 24-hour emergency support onsite and a resident support manager.