Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 30, 2007 13:53 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Services in Nanaimo to Help Women Escape Homelessness

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The Government of Canada today announced the expansion of essential services that will assist women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Women's Resources Society will receive $45,000 in federal homelessness funding to expand its drop-in services, with a specific focus on helping local women who are homeless. This new service will provide improved access to programs and services to help women make the transition from the streets to more stable housing alternatives.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help Canadians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "A new evening drop-in service will provide a safe environment for vulnerable women in Nanaimo as well as increase access to the services they need to become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life."

The additional funding will enable the Society to operate an evening drop-in program at the Nanaimo Women's Centre two nights per week, providing urgent needs services to local women, including risk assessments, resource planning, food, clothing, and referrals to emergency or transition shelters. Clients will also be able to access life skills training and other intervention programs offered at the Centre. The new service will begin in December and will complement existing programs and services offered by other regional and community partners.

"Women experiencing homelessness in our community suffer the harshest reality," said Ms. Colleen Parsley, Administrator of the Nanaimo Women's Centre. "The addition of these new services means we will be better equipped to provide the guidance and support women need to help create safer and healthier futures for themselves and their families."

"This funding represents another step towards reducing homelessness in Nanaimo," said Mr. John Horn, Co-Chair of the Nanaimo Working Group on Homelessness. "Helping women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness is a key part of our community plan to address this issue and this initiative shows our community is committed to building the infrastructure required to care for all our citizens."

The Government of Canada, through its Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), is taking action to prevent and reduce homelessness. This strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The HPS puts in place structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society.

For more information on the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.homelessness.gc.ca

Please visit the new departmental Web site at www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559