FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 12:00pm local time April 14th, 2023.
REGINA, SK — The Home Fire Complex, the City of Regina’s Rapid Housing Initiative project being led by Silver Sage Housing, is one step closer to seeing residents move into their new home later this summer. This week, Big Block Construction, the development partner on the project, completed the modular craning process at the construction site at the corner of Broad Street and 5th Avenue North.
Silver Sage, in partnership with Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services (RT/SIS), is building the 29-unit supportive housing development as a safe and affordable place for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Regina. RT/SIS followed traditional Cree protocol in the naming of the building, which has been named Horse Dance Lodge / misatimosimôwin mîhkowâp.
The project is made possible by funding from the Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, and the City of Regina.
Bringing Indigenous design to the forefront, architect David T. Fortin worked with local artist Linda Obey-Lavallee for the pattern on the sunshades, which limit solar heat gain as part of the Net-Zero ready design, as well as the design for the canopy. The 15 angled support columns represent the poles of a typical tipi.
“Our Government is investing in affordable housing here in Saskatchewan and across the country to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for people who need it most. When complete, the Home Fire Complex will bring 29 more affordable rental housing units to Regina, a new place to call home for residents in this community. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”
- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
“The Home Fire Complex shows how collaboration with Indigenous partners and all levels of government can provide approaches to better support individuals who need more than a home to remain connected to housing. The Government of Saskatchewan values the continued work with our community partners to ensure people in need can access safe, stable and supportive housing.”
- Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Gene Makowsky
“The Home Fire Complex is an excellent example of collaboration between all three levels of government, industry, and the non-profit sector to address housing insecurity in Regina. In addition to this supportive housing project contributing to community safety and well-being, this energy efficient modular build demonstrates our partners’ commitment to environmental sustainability. We congratulate our partners on this craning milestone and look forward to witnessing the sense of community the Home Fire Complex will bring to the residents who will call this new development home.”
- Mayor Sandra Masters, City of Regina
About Silver Sage Housing Corp.
Incorporated in 1983, Silver Sage is a key housing provider of high quality and affordable housing for First Nations people in Saskatchewan’s urban areas. In building Home Fire, Silver Sage is advancing their Good Neighbour strategy and expanding their existing portfolio of 567 housing units across Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle, Indian Head, Sintaluta, and Maple Creek, Swift Current and Moose Jaw.
About Big Block Construction
Headquartered in Saskatoon, Big Block Construction acts as development partner to community-minded organizations, helping them leverage their inherent capacity to create responsibly planned and sustainable housing options for the people they serve. They specialize in modular construction, net zero and energy efficient construction, and highly efficient integrated design.
Natoshia Bastien, President & CEO
Silver Sage Housing Corporation
Alex Newman, Marketing Manager
Big Block Construction