Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

February 21, 2008 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Supportive Housing for Homeless People With Mental Illness

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - The Government of Canada today announced federal homelessness funding for the Anderson Building, a 30-unit transitional and affordable housing facility that helps people with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency.

Mr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, while touring the facility.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Mr. Carrie. "We are proud to support the Anderson Building, in conjunction with Regeneration House, to help Canadians with mental illness become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life."

The Government of Canada has invested more than $1.4 million in the Anderson Building-$795,737 in federal homelessness funding and $632,000 through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

In conjunction with Regeneration House, the Anderson Building provides housing for men and women who are homeless and require extensive on-site support for mental illness. Regeneration House offers housing, supportive counselling and assistance to adults recovering from mental illness that affects their ability to maintain activities of daily living, employment, housing, self-care and/or meaningful relationships with family and friends.

The Government of Canada, through its Homelessness Partnering Strategy, 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.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians gain access to a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes-homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

For more information:

Homelessness Partnering Strategy:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

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Contact Information

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