Oxford House Rental Development Officially Opens in Regina

Logo: Government of Saskatchewan (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

REGINA,¬†Feb. 15, 2018¬†/CNW/ –¬†The Government of¬†Canada¬†and the Province of¬†Saskatchewan, through Oxford House Society of¬†Regina, are providing supportive housing for 10 individuals recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Greg Lawrence, Legislative Secretary and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw Wakamow, on behalf of the Honourable Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC), and Blair Pope, Executive Director of Oxford House Society of Regina, announced the opening of two Oxford House Society homes in Regina.

Oxford House provides social and addictions supports for members. Each bedroom in the house is provided to an individual recovering from an addiction, who signs an agreement and works toward independence.

Logo: Government of Canada (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)


“Our Government is proud to support a project that will provide safe and affordable transitional housing for individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in¬†Regina. This type of supportive housing not only sets the foundation for their success, it helps make a stronger community. It is with great pride that our Government contributed to making the¬†Oxford House¬†rental development a reality, and we would like to thank the province of¬†Saskatchewan, along with the Oxford House Society for its collaboration in the realization of this project. It’s part of the new National Housing Strategy, which will cut chronic homelessness in half over a decade.”¬†
‚ÄĒ The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness¬†¬†

“We are pleased to support Oxford House Society of¬†Regina¬†as they work to improve the lives of individuals recovering from addictions and help them along the path to success. This project will provide residents with the supports and resources they require, in a safe and comfortable environment. Our Government believes in standing up for the people of¬†Saskatchewan, and a safe, place to call home is a key component of that commitment.”¬†¬†
‚ÄĒ¬†Greg Lawrence, Legislative Secretary and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Moose Jaw Wakamow

“Oxford House Society of¬†Regina¬†fills the gap in support necessary for individuals to transition from treatment to independent long term recovery. This project is an excellent example of government, foundations, private enterprise and non-profits working collaboratively. We are grateful for this support.”¬†
‚ÄstBlair Pope, Executive Director, Oxford House Society of¬†Regina

Quick Facts:

  • As well as providing a sober living environment, Oxford House Society of¬†Regina¬†has proven to be an effective, low-cost alternative to support those individuals in recovery. The members also work co-operatively to support each other and maintain the house and enforce house rules.
  • The Government of¬†Canada, through CMHC, along with the Government of¬†Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed¬†$470,000¬†toward the two homes under the¬†CanadaSaskatchewan¬†Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
  • The project consists of the acquisition and renovation of two existing homes. Each of the completed homes is suitable for five adults to live communally while they continue with sobriety and recovery from addictions.
  • SHC has previously partnered with¬†Oxford House¬†to acquire and renovate 3 five-bedroom houses. The first has been operating successfully since 2014. The second two have been operating since 2016.
  • The Government of¬†Canada¬†is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year,¬†$40 billion¬†plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • This investment supports the Province’s Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring¬†Saskatchewan¬†people have affordable, safe, secure and stable housing. It also supports¬†Saskatchewan’s¬†Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan by supporting individuals recovering from addictions.

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As¬†Canada’s¬†authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. ¬†For more information, please visit¬†cmhc.ca¬†or follow us on¬†Twitter,¬†Instagram,¬†YouTube,¬†LinkedIn¬†and¬†Facebook.

To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.

In¬†October 2012, the Government of¬†Saskatchewan¬†released the¬†Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the Government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The Plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure¬†Saskatchewan¬†is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of¬†Saskatchewan¬†has invested more than¬†$780 million¬†to develop or repair more than 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit¬†www.saskatchewan.ca.

SOURCECanada Mortgage and Housing Corporation


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