It’s not a cash grab.
That’s what Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor has to say about the government reviewing some of the affordable housing units owned through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and possibly putting them up for sale.
She says that the Better Use Policy has been in place since 2003, before the current government was in power.
NDP MLAs including the Seniors critic Danielle Chartier and party leader Nicole Saurer travelled to Lemberg today (Wed) where 2 buildings are under review.
More people are moving to larger centres, Beaudry-Mellor says, so there are some chronic vacancies in rural areas.
Each year there is a review and if a housing unit is looked at for sale, then the municipality is contacted to see if they want to buy it.
If not, it could go on the market.
The Minister adds there are a number of examples where these units can be used for a better purpose.
For instance, in Duck Lake, some senior units were sold to the municipality and then they were sold to Habitat For Humanity which renovated them for families working towards home ownership.