Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 18, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Delivers Support to Help Those Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in York Region

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Homeless and individuals at risk of homelessness in the region of York will get the help they require to build a stronger future for themselves, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Ms. Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Newmarket–Aurora, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs, and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Ms. Brown. "We are pleased to support the Regional Municipality of York in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we will be able to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable citizens in York, as well as help them move towards greater self-sufficiency."

"York Regional Council is committed to working with other levels of government and community partners to identify and provide appropriate supports to our most vulnerable residents," said Mr. Bill Fisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Regional Municipality of York. "The financial support announced today will play an important role in building on our ongoing efforts in poverty reduction and the promotion of healthy communities."

The Regional Municipality of York will receive Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $1.5 million, which it will distribute over the next three years to local organizations so that they can provide housing facilities and support services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the communities most in need.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years, until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of March 14, 2011, the Government has provided over $438 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 358 projects to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

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 model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

The availability of safe and stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians.

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ryan Sparrow
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559