Saskatoon, SK—Timely upgrades to the YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter and Residence facility are complete, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
$94,859 was granted by HPS for the replacement of many heating units in rooms for single women, youth and families. The large community kitchen shared by shelter residents also received necessary upgrades to its equipment.
The HPS selects strategic projects that aim to reduce or prevent homelessness. YWCA Saskatoon invested $55,000 from its own capital reserves to make the upgrades possible.
Barb Macpherson, Executive Director, YWCA Saskatoon, described the impact of the investment: “At YWCA Saskatoon, we provide housing and basic necessities to women and their families who need safe haven. We deeply appreciate the funding through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy that enables us to continue to address issues of homelessness, poverty and violence here in our community.”
Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the Community Advisory on Saskatoon Homelessness Board approved the funding. “The YWCA provides specialized services to women and children who face homelessness,” said Shaun Dyck, Executive Director, SHIP, “Ensuring the longevity of programs that provide emergency support to vulnerable families is an important part of the HPS mandate. This investment will make a difference in heating bills and create a more usable kitchen space for families transitioning out of homelessness to independence.”
YWCA Saskatoon provides both emergent and preventative services to help women care for themselves and their families, and find housing and employment.
For more information about YWCA Saskatoon or to schedule an interview, contact:
Director of Development and Communications,
(306) 244-7034 extension 132
For more information about SHIP or HPS, contact:
Manager of Community Development and Grants
Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership