Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 17, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in New Brunswick

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - The Government of Canada is helping those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless build a stronger future for themselves.

Today, Senator Percy Mockler, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding to Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. for its project entitled Relocalisation Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. in Edmundston.

"Our government is supporting many Canadians with housing needs and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Senator Mockler. "Through this investment, Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. will be able to help ensure that homeless people and those at risk of homelessness are provided with better services and housing solutions, while creating local jobs."

With this Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $113,955, the organization will be able to purchase and install a geothermal heating system in its new building, which is currently being renovated. The system will reduce the costs of heating and electricity and will allow renovations to continue during the winter. This will permit Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. to free up more funds for things like buying food in order to serve more individuals in need and accommodating its facility to better serve homeless people with disabilities. These new funds will benefit a larger number of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

"Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. will change its location in 2010 in order to be more accommodating to our beneficiaries," said Mr. Stephane Bourgoin, Director General of Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. "The relocation committee hopes to make Atelier R.A.D.O. Inc. as economic as possible in terms of operation costs. The facilities will also allow people with disabilities to have access to all of our services. We greatly appreciate the Government of Canada's participation as a partner in the fight against poverty, and have to say thank you."

In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1.9 billion over five years 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.

This ongoing funding will ensure that the Government can continue to assist those who need support, including homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, such as low-income Canadians, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is building 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 Web site: 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