Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 14, 2007 14:00 ET

HRSDC: Transitional housing helps homeless immigrants and refugee claimants

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2007) - Today, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Government of Canada celebrated the purchase and renovation of a transitional housing facility in Vancouver.

Through federal homelessness funding of $635,999, the New Hope Community Services Society was able to purchase and renovate an existing house in Vancouver in order to provide transitional housing for homeless men, particularly immigrants and refugee claimants. The facility is named Welcome House and will offer six transitional beds.

The provision of this new transitional housing responds to the needs of recently arrived individuals and refugee claimants who are vulnerable to homelessness, as they are more likely to encounter economic and housing barriers. There is a limited number of housing facilities that deal specifically with this population.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "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."

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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Please visit the new departmental Web site at

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary