CMHC Rapid Housing Initiative Cities Stream
City of Saskatoon
Brownlee Family Foundation
- Supports women and children fleeing traumatic and violent situations.
- Range of suites suitable for both single women and women with children.
- Celebration space for programming and cultural gatherings.
- Energy efficient and sustainable.
The 35-unit transitional housing wing is aimed at providing affordable residential units and support programming to women and their children who are fleeing traumatic and violent situations. Donate to the Hope Lives Here campaign.
The expansion will offer a range of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites, suitable for both single women and women with children. These transitional housing units will provide a safe and supportive environment for women and their families for as long as they need to transition into subsidized or market housing.
Cara Bahr, CEO of YWCA Saskatoon, notes that the YWCA was forced to turn away more than 5,000 women and children last year due to the high demand for their services and a lack of space at their facility.
Big Block and YWCA Saskatoon worked together with aodbt architecture on a design that could be delivered on a condensed 12-month construction timeline to meet this immediate need. The team engaged community stakeholders early in the design process to ensure the project meets the unique needs of women and their children.
YWCA Saskatoon is a community-based organization that has been providing preventative and emergent services to women and their families since 1910. Committed to women’s issues, they provide services, programs and advocacy to advance reconciliation, independence, wellness and equal opportunities.