Local homeless groups get $2.3M boost from federal government

July 5, 2012 - The federal government today made a $2.3-million funding announcement in Saskatoon for local organizations that work with the homeless and provide affordable housing solutions. "We don't see a lot of the issues that we see in some of the larger cities, but it's still nonetheless a significant problem and there are challenges," said Tyler Mathies, president of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP).

SHIP will administer the funding over the next two years, starting with a call for proposals from local groups and shelter providers this fall.

According to Mathies, in 2010 there were 260 homeless people in the city and approximately 3,500 people at risk of homelessness in Saskatoon. Those number have likely increased because of growth in the city and pressures on the housing market, said Mathies.

Reported by Ashley Wills: awills@rawlco.com