Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 24, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2010) - Families and individuals in Edmonton working towards building a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister of State Moore. "We are pleased to support Homeward Trust Edmonton in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are creating community projects and partnerships to improve services and facilities for homeless and at-risk individuals."

Homeward Trust Edmonton is receiving Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of over $12.9 million, which it will distribute to local organizations so that they can provide transitional and supportive housing, as well as support services, to homeless and at-risk individuals in the communities most in need. This amount represents over $11.1 million in HPS Designated Communities funding and over $1.8 million in HPS Aboriginal Communities funding.

"For over 10 years, we have been partners with the Government of Canada, and we are excited to continue this partnership through HPS funding," said Ms. Susan McGee, Executive Director of Homeward Trust Edmonton. "These funds will help support our Housing First workers, increase the number of affordable housing units by funding new capital projects, and allow us to continue valuable support programs. We are making progress towards ending homelessness, and this partnership is an essential part of the effort."

In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1.9 billion over five years, until 2014, for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment gives the Government the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories and municipalities, and with charitable organizations, to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.

Canada's Economic Action Plan has built on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and by making available up to $2 billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The availability of safe and stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of homelessness.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011. 

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors. 

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPS has seven funding streams:

Regionally Delivered:

  • Designated Communities
  • Outreach Communities
  • Aboriginal Communities

Nationally Delivered:

  • Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects
  • Homelessness Knowledge Development
  • Homeless Individuals and Families Information System 
  • Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Homeward Trust Edmonton
    Alex Abboud
    Communications Manager
    780-944-2845