In an effort to combat homelessness in Regina, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is building another low-income housing unit.

“Well we think the need is still there. Affordable housing is still an issue we are having to deal with,” said Souls Harbour executive director Joe Miller.

The parking lot of Harbour House will be converted into a multi-use facility for Regina’s less fortunate. It will house a soup kitchen with space for 150 people, a licensed day care for 60 children, 16 low-income rental units and an emergency men’s shelter for 24.

“It allows us to serve the North Central area in a much greater way. We have seen an increase in people who hold a minimum wage job, but it’s not enough to pay the bills. So the working poor will benefit and a lot of more families, moms and kids in the North Central area.”

The project is expected to cost $7 million dollar, and Souls Harbour hopes to have shovels in the ground by July of 2017 with a completion date of July 2018.

Miller says the facility will be funded through sponsorships, donations and grants. Revenue generated from the centre will also go toward the building mortgage.