With the long-awaited decision to end Saskatchewan’s birth alert officially announced on Monday, community organizations sought further support for vulnerable families.
They want the state to help families find a solid foundation through affordable and supportive housing.
“It’s really a starting point,” said Toby Esterby, executive director of Camponi Housing Corporation.
Saskatoon-based nonprofits have worked with many mothers who have been warned of childbirth and arrested their children.
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Encouraged by the government’s decision to end the birth alert, Estherby looks forward to how the Ministry of Social Welfare will move from cracking down on new mothers to preventing the loss of children.
Investing in supportive housing is important because it is not widely available to people with children, he said. Most of the units available in Saskatoon are one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.
“Our waiting list we have is heavily biased towards families looking for those larger homes,” Estherby told Global News.
Housing insecurity puts parents at risk of arresting their children, he said.
“You have to focus on your home, and that’s all you can do,” Estherby said.
“I don’t have enough money left at the end of the day, so I set it aside to make sure my kids eat properly at the table.”
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Len Usiskin, executive director of Quint Development Corporation, said housing costs are skyrocketing. He said the average home selling price in 2006 was around $ 100,000. It’s now over $ 300,000.
“Many people live in poor quality homes because they are all they can buy,” Usiskin said in an interview.
According to the 2019/20 Annual Report, 87 of Quint’s 209 affordable residential tenants are children. Quint received 453 housing applications during the 2019/20 fiscal year.
Only a handful of nonprofit tenants live in Pleasant Hill Place, a transitional home for mothers who have lost or are about to lose custody of their children.There, mothers overcome trauma and learn parenting skills
“We need to work upstream to support our families, and … we can avoid foster parents at any cost,” Usiskin said.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Welfare said it worked with the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation to support a supportive housing project.
“For the past few years, the ministry has focused on capacity building in this sector, helping community-based organizations build existing programs and develop new approaches,” said children and families. A statement by Janice Colquhoun, Executive Director of Targeted Indigenous Services, said. program.
Corkhorn said the ministry has invested in housing projects for vulnerable mothers and their babies, including Saskatoon’s Sanctum 1.5.
According to Sanctum’s interim secretary-general, Jamie Patrick, the 10-bed facility is home to new mothers of HIV and addiction, usually with a waiting list of 40 women.
According to Patrick, two of Sanctum’s clients are having a hard time finding a home that can support their newborns and get other children back into care.
“It’s a big barrier for moms looking for unity, as there is no housing available for that,” she said.
“How would you care for your children if you didn’t have a house?”
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