The Saskatchewan government is committing $40 million in new money to create 155 new supportive housing spaces, 120 permanent emergency shelter beds and 30 complex needs emergency shelter spaces as it tries to address homelessness.

“Together, and with community partners, we will work to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people who are struggling with addictions and mental health challenges to support their transition to stable and supportive housing,” Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky said.

Government will invest $7.16 million to develop 155 new supportive housing units in Regina and Saskatoon for individuals who need more than a home to remain connected to housing. Supportive housing provides on-site and visiting support and connection to wrap-around services to help individuals find stability.

“With an investment of $665,000 this fiscal year and up to $4 million in 2024-25 for operations we can ensure access to effective mental health and addictions services and programs in the supportive housing units,” Mental Health and Addictions Minister Tim McLeod said.

A $14.1 million investment will create up to 120 new permanent emergency shelter spaces in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and other communities based on need. This means there will be approximately 500 permanent emergency shelter spaces available this winter. Community safety and outreach teams will be formed in Saskatoon and Regina to assist with intoxicated people, while addressing community safety concerns.