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There are so many of moving parts as we progress through our Phase 1 process. We have included a list of FAQs below to keep everyone up-to-date on the facts of our project and programming.
Feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
We thank you for your continued support on this important project for our community.
FAQs Updated March 6, 2023
William Milne Place is and has been owned by the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Society since 1989
During a city council meeting on Feb. 27, the City of Moose Jaw approved a request to dissolve the existing lease agreement for the office space they were leasing from with MJNPHC in order to green-light pursuit of the project.
The commercial space on the main floor of William Milne Place was leased to the City of Moose Jaw and that lease has now been handed over to the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Society who are moving ahead with adding a new supporting program under Square One’s Initiative
Per the new agreements and a partnership signed with Square One, MJNPHC will continue to own the property and operate the housing initiative at William Milne Place without change. Square One will run its centre as an operational programmer.
Square One will only be using a portion of the William Milne Place main floor.
All tenants of William Milne are not impacted by this new program and will remain housed.
There is currently no emergency shelter for women in the City of Moose Jaw. The Moose Jaw transition house cares and provides services to those experiencing interpersonal violence and abuse.
The Riverside Mission in Moose Jaw offers emergency overnight shelter only to men in need. There are 10 emergency spaces available.
The Square One Shelter has been in the works for over a year, after an inter-agency survey of existing resources revealed a number of major gaps for those living unhoused in the city, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In response, Square One plans to operate wraparound services at the new shelter, creating a one-stop hub for clients that uses a “Transitional Shelter to Housing” model.
Square One will be working toward providing navigation services. Examples include: helping people reconnect to getting proper identification (and) their SIN numbers, to helping them connect with family or connecting with resources to help them through personal issues — be that trauma or addictions or mental health.
Square One Shelter plans to open doors phasing in services in the near future pending funding approvals and hiring of a general manager and staff. We are also in the process of the development of best practices for our policies/procedures to ensure we have the best foundation for our staff to ensure a successful and positive environment for everyone.
Square One Community Inc.
"We have worked passionately for the past two years to
advocate for the provision of a shelter for our
unhoused kin in this community. It is only through the
connections, collaborations, and communications within our community, the partnership with The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation and the support of the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation that we are able to make this milestone step forward.," Square One Community Board Chair, Della Ferguson said. "We are committed to providing wrap-around support through programming to meet the greater needs of our kin."
The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board Chair
Brenda Walper-Bossence, K.C
“The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation is proud to partner with Square One at William Milne Place. This means we are now able to provide housing options to those who are houseless. Providing transitional housing for those who are at the beginning of the housing continuum with an after-hours drop-in centre, emergency women’s shelter and supportive housing all under one roof." The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board Chair, Brenda Walper-Bossence, K.C said. "Success will require continued support from all levels of government, and our local community. We are calling on
all donors and future donors who have a heart for those that require this service to give to this new venture.”