Saskatchewan residents now have access to newly renovated addiction treatment spaces in Estevan following a $950,000 investment from the federal and provincial governments.

One of the ministers who announced the completion of renovations and opening of the St. Joseph's Addiction Recovery Centre's housing units was Sean Fraser, minister of housing.

"The federal government is working with partners across the country to provide safe, affordable homes for those who need them the most," said Fraser. "I am proud that we could support a project which will give 32 people a stable new home where they can continue their recovery and start their next chapter."

The investment was made through the Canada Community Housing Initiative. Through SHC, Estevan Housing Authority provided St. Joseph's Addiction Recovery Centre with a multi-unit apartment building.  

The province says this project provides post-treatment housing to 32 individuals who have completed inpatient addiction treatment and require supportive housing for some time to maintain and strengthen the gains made during treatment.

"The Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Housing Corporation are proud to support St. Joseph's Addiction Recovery Centre in the transition of 32 units to support addictions programming in Estevan," said Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Gene Makowsky. "Positive partnerships are essential to effectively meet the needs of the people we serve today and anticipate the needs of the future."

Funding for the post-treatment spaces was announced by the province earlier this year as part of their commitment to add more spaces.

"Saskatchewan residents will now have better access to the care they need to recover from addiction challenges," said Mental Health and Addictions Minister Tim McLeod, "These new post-treatment spaces at St. Joseph's Addiction Recovery Centre are part of the Government of Saskatchewan's commitment to adding 150 addiction treatment spaces across the province, a commitment we recently increased to a new target of adding 500 total addiction treatment spaces over the next five years."  

Residents have access to addictions programming and supports from St. Joseph's Addiction Recovery Centre staff through partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The spaces are open to residents from across Saskatchewan.  

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