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Construction begins for homeless housing project in North Battleford

A new housing project has broken ground in North Battleford. On Thursday, the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Battlefords Indian and Metis Friendship Centre officially announced the construction of the eight-room housing project to support homeless people in the city.

“The Supported Rooming House model will provide long-term housing for eight hard-to-house individuals with supervision and supports to help break the cycle of homelessness,” Executive Director of BIMFC Jackie Kennedy said in a statement.

The bungalow will include a developed basement and will be located within walking distance of the Friendship Centre at 1132 98th Street.

Funding for the project includes $580,000 from both provincial and federal housing corporations. The City of North Battleford will provide $180,000 for the land and costs of site servicing, meanwhile, the Friendship Centre will contribute $130,000 that was received through a community grant.

“The vision and commitment of the BIMFC to help improve the lives of some of Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable individuals is commendable,” Minister of Social Services Paul Merriman said. “Our government shares this goal, and we are excited to support this project and, most importantly, the vulnerable individuals who will soon have a place to call home with the support services they require.”

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