Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

October 12, 2007 13:00 ET

HRSDC: Homeless People With Disabilities in Vermilion Now Have a Place to Call Home

VERMILION, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced the transfer of two former RCMP residences to provide quality, affordable, supportive housing to persons with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

"Canada's New Government is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless This project will offer these individuals access to the safe housing and support they need to become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life," said Mr. Benoit.

"Making surplus federal real property available to organizations such as the Vermilion Association gives a second life to our federal assets while providing affordable solutions to the community," said the Honourable Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

The property was transferred to the Vermilion Association for Persons with Disabilities and was arranged through the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative (SFRPHI), a Government of Canada interdepartmental partnership involving Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Through the program, community organizations such as the Vermilion Association for Persons with Disabilities are offered the opportunity to use surplus federal properties to serve those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The two duplexes will become home to people with disabilities and will be adapted to accommodate the needs of the tenants.

The SFRPHI (Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative) program is part of the new Homelessness Partnering Strategy. The Strategy is providing $269.6 million over the next two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively.

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

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