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Families Minister to Meet with Lions Place Seniors Group – Winnipeg Free Press

The impending sale of Lions Place, a Winnipeg home for seniors of modest means, came up during Question Period Wednesday in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

Asked if the Progressive Conservative government will ensure the 287-unit non-profit residence is not sold to private interests, Families Minister Rochelle Squires said she plans to meet Monday a committee of elders at Lions Place.

“We can sit down and talk about options and opportunities going forward,” Squires said at home, saying she received a letter requesting the Sept. 19 meeting.

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Families Minister Rochelle Squires said she plans to meet with a committee of seniors at Lions Place on Monday.

“Lions Place seniors are deeply concerned about the future and affordability of their homes,” said NDP MP Uzoma Asagwara, who raised the issue during Question Period.

The non-profit Lions Club which owns Lions Place at 610 Portage Ave. told residents in July that he could no longer afford to operate the building and was putting it up for sale.

Residents said they feared private investors would turn it into a for-profit building and raise rents, causing them to lose their homes.

Asagwara said Winnipeg needed more social and affordable housing and could no longer afford to lose any more units.

“The PC government has already sold hundreds of public housing units in my constituency,” said Asagwara (Union Station), who called on the province to sign a permanent funding agreement with Lions Place and ensure it is not not sold.

Squires said his government signed a national housing strategy, created 745 new units since taking office in 2016 and established a tax credit for residential renters.