Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

March 27, 2008 16:00 ET

The Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those Who Are Homeless in Prince Albert

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Families and individuals in Prince Albert working to break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty and build a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.

Mr. Brian Fitzpatrick, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today celebrated two projects in Prince Albert that received funding worth over $392,000 under the Government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

"Our government is delivering on its commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless," said Mr. Fitzpatrick. "We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local problems. By making this investment, the City of Prince Albert and the Salvation Army will be able to implement two important projects to help those in need."

The event was hosted by the City of Prince Albert, which received $92,225 in funding to implement the Homeless Individual and Family Information System (HIFIS). HIFIS is a homelessness data collection and management system that is used by community organizations to develop long-term, sustainable solutions that address the root causes of homelessness.

"The implementation of HIFIS was one of the goals set in the community, and it will enable us to combine our shelter and service provider information for use provincially and nationally," said Mayor Jim Scarrow. "It will enable us to engage in evidence-based decision-making, which will lead the community to strategic deployment of its resources in order to be proactive."

The Salvation Army in Prince Albert will receive $300,000 in federal homelessness funding to purchase land and construct a facility for single women between the ages of 16 and 30 who are homeless and who are being sexually exploited.

On February 22, 2008, Minister Solberg announced that 505 projects totalling almost $150 million had been approved under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. The announcement made today is part of this total funding.

The HPS is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The Strategy recognizes that housing stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society. It focuses on transitional and supportive housing as important measures to help people overcome homelessness. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the Strategy will provide concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.

"Our government is investing more in affordable and supportive housing than any federal government in Canada's history, and as a result, we are helping tens of thousands of Canadians reach a better, more stable life," said Mr. Fitzpatrick.

The link between homelessness and mental illness is well established. In 2007, the Prime Minister of Canada announced the first-ever Mental Health Commission of Canada, and in Budget 2008, we committed $110 million for the Commission to develop new innovative demonstration projects that will help Canadians facing mental health and homelessness challenges.

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


BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) began on April 1, 2007. The Strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. The HPS is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness in Canada by providing funding and direct support to more than 60 communities across Canada.

Under the HPS, the Government of Canada is offering to work in partnership with all the provinces and territories. Once put in place, such partnerships would encourage better alignment of federal, provincial and territorial investments, and help to provide a seamless continuum of supports for homeless people.

The HPS has three main initiatives: the Homelessness Partnership Initiative, the Homelessness Accountability Network and the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative.

The Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI) is the cornerstone of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Its housing-first approach recognizes that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPI has four funding components:

- Designated Communities

- Outreach Communities

- Aboriginal Communities

- Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects

The Homelessness Accountability Network helps to strengthen program accountability. It also develops knowledge and encourages organizations to reinforce their networks and share best practices.

The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative makes surplus federal property as well as land available to community organizations, the not-for-profit sector and other levels of government for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559