New housing opens for those with brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities

Michelle Anaquod stands in the doorway of her new home, part of a P.A. Community Housing Society Inc. project that provides affordable housing and social services for people with acquired brain injury and other cognitive disabilities. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Michelle Anaquod has struggled to live on her own.

She’s had trouble paying her rent and accessing social services she needs to get through her day-to-day life.

Not anymore.

Anaquod is one of four Prince Albert residents who have moved into brand new affordable housing units for people with acquired brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities.

The four new units were unveiled at a ribbon cutting Wednesday.

“It feels wonderful,” Anaquod said. “I’ve never had a place of my own before. It’s been great. I’m loving every minute of it.”

The four units, opened at Whisper Way, located on Seventh Street East, are in addition to the ten existing units on the property, managed by Prince Albert Community Housing Society Incorporated (PACHSI).

Residents living at the complex are provided with affordable, furnished living spaces and are given access to social services and other supports they need.

While the four new units are a welcome addition, there is still great need in the Prince Albert community.

“Applications have dramatically increased from persons with acquired brain injuries and cognitive disabilities,” PACSHI manager Linda Boyer said. “I’m hoping there will be funding available for future capital funding such as this, as the need is so great.”