New Saugeen First Nation housing development a leader in design

Six families of Saugeen First Nation will be moving into new homes at the end of September.

The first phase of the housing development was officially opened on Tuesday, September 18th after being completed with funding through Indigenous Services Canada and Saugeen First Nation Council.

The Ribbon was cut by Savi Appiah (C) Sr. Housing Officer of Indigenous Services Canada, (L) Saugeen Housing Director John Charyna and Saugeen Band Administrator Cheree Urscheler (R)
                           Each unit has an outdoor patio off the living room

There were 32 applications for the six units, two of which are fully accessible.  It is anticipated that other phases will be completed in the future complete with playgrounds for children.

Stephanie John and daughter Selena see their new home for the first time but won’t be moving in until the end of September

Each unit has three bedrooms and an open concept kitchen and living room.  In addition, the units are energy efficient with radiant in-floor heating, LED lighting, ceiling fans throughout for air movement and high-efficiency appliances.

Much of the work was done by local Saugeen men who were mentored through the building process and Rona Building Supplies was the main supplier.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Saugeen,” said Siva Appiah. “There were unexpected time lines and delays but this project is one of 79 now being completed in the province.  There is nothing like this one however with its high energy efficiency and we are looking at duplicating it in other First Nations’ locations.  This is a National housing initiative and this development is a showcase.”