Saskatchewan has put up the “for sale” sign for 16 low-income and senior housing units.
The provincial government is looking to sell the units that have a vacancy rate of 50 per cent or higher, in communities with a population of 300 or less.
The government also says not all 16 were considered “chronically vacant”, though half of them were not occupied by June 1st of this year.
The Ministry of Social Services couldn’t provide the names of those interested in buying the units, or where they are located, until the meetings with municipalities are complete.
But the ministry did confirm that two buildings in Lemberg are among those for sale, and 3 municipalities have expressed strong interest in buying some units. Eleven other municipalities are still thinking about it.
The potential sale of those units is drawing the ire of some Saskatchewan residents.
Those against the move argue that some elderly residents do not understand what is happening.
The opportunity to have their voices heard will come this Wednesday (9th) at a public meeting, at 2 p.m. in the Town of Lemberg, at the Lemberg Manor building.
The Lemberg Housing Authority manages the 16 units up for sale.