“You’re Assuming That There’s These Desperate Homeless People.”

That’s what Saskatchewan’s Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer told CBC when she was asked about the waiting list for social housing. You can read the story with that quote here. Personally, I assume* there ARE quite a few Reginans desperate for social housing, because rents have massively increased in the last, I dunno, eight years or so? And a lot of people’s income has not.  If you rent in this city, you’ve probably been hammered financially.

I have a call out to the Regina Housing Authority to find out how big the waiting list is and I’ll update this post when I find that out.

*I also assume that homelessness is not a priority for most Saskatchewan voters. I don’t believe the majority of people in this province are very concerned about poverty. I think many Saskatchewanians are afflicted with the small-C conservative tendency to blame the poor for their misfortune. I’d be happy — thrilled! — to be proved wrong.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

6 thoughts on ““You’re Assuming That There’s These Desperate Homeless People.””

  1. Apparently the gov’t was going to pay for these social housing projects by selling off up to 300 older existing units, of which 40 have already been sold in Regina.

  2. Hi Stephen,

    Until quite recently, I was a Landlord agent in Regina. I can tell you the waiting list for Regina Housing is about 2 years long. It is not first come, first serve. A single mother of 5 children, or someone in an abusive domestic situation would take priority. There are definitely people desperate for social housing in Regina. Rents are way too high.

  3. And as a renter, many times I was asked if I was on social assistance. Private landlords don’t want to rent to people on assistance. Or with children. Letting the market do its thing doesn’t work in such a tight market. There are people in this city who need housing. Harpauer is heartless.

  4. Top News Story on one of Regina’s major radio stations: Darian Durant hurt his arm. Second News Story on said radio station: It’s cold in Regina. Meanwhile . . . . . the Brad Wall government shits the bed on social/low-income housing and lets one of its developer friends (and political donors) breach a contract after apparently getting interest free financing courtesy of the govt to build a huge profit-making housing complex. And, meanwhile . . . . . tens of thousands of people still have high-risk, potentially fire-starting Sask Power smart meters attached to their homes courtesy of the Brad Wall govt and taxpayers still have no answers to many questions about why this was allowed in the first place and how the hell the fiasco is going to be paid for. And, meanwhile . . . . . City of Regina can’t even get recycling done properly. And, meanwhile . . . . . schools are over-crowded, hospitals and seniors care home can’t provide basic care because of staffing needs and long wait times, roads/highways are crumbling, city infrastructure is deteriorating, food banks and soup kitchens can hardly keep up with demand, the cost of living is sky-rocketing and so on, and so on. But, Darian hurt his arm and is out for the season. And, it’s cold outside.

  5. Yep, as a single mom in university full time, I lived in a mice infested apartment for four months last winter winter. Of course, I had no idea they lived in the walls of the run down apartment building I could barely afford, which was a “bargain” at $800.

    “Affordable” housing is a joke; you learn pretty quick if you don’t bust your ass to support you and yours, you’re screwed. And the state don’t give a rats ass.

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