The Saskatchewan government says it's making progress finding group homes for scores of people with intellectual disabilities who've been on a waiting list.

On Tuesday, the city said it will spend $5.4 million to create 21 additional group homes.

Fifteen non-profit groups in Estevan, Humboldt, Meadow Lake, Porcupine Plain, Preeceville, Prince Albert, Regina, Rosthern, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Waldheim and Wilkie are getting cheques.

The money will be used for down payments on mortgages to purchase houses or build new homes. Some of the money will also be used for renovations.

The province said the $5.4 million is part of $76.9 million it's spending over four years to eliminate waiting lists for services ranging from work programs to residential care.

Last year the government promised to remove 440 people from a waiting list for services. So far, 264 people are off the list, the Social Services Ministry said in a release.