Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 04, 2008 15:00 ET

Minister Solberg Takes Action to Address Homelessness in Medicine Hat

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2008) - The Government of Canada is committed to continuing to invest in Canadian families and their future and to help those seeking to break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty. Today, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, announced federal funding of more than $635,000 to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Medicine Hat.

"I have participated in housing project openings across the country and when I talk to the residents of these new homes, I share their hope for the future," said Minister Solberg. "Here, in Medicine Hat, there is a real feeling of optimism because having a stable home is the first step towards fully participating in our communities."

The Government of Canada contributed $126,372 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding to the Miywasin Society to help with the purchase of a housing facility for Aboriginal seniors. In addition, $509,558 in HPS funding was provided to the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society to support community efforts to address homelessness in Medicine Hat.

The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. 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 news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), please visit www.homelessness.gc.ca.

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