Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 24, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Men Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - Men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to supportive housing, announced Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, 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 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Ms. Smith. "We are pleased to support Forensic Psychological Services and FPS Therapy & Support Services Ltd. in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are creating opportunities for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to move towards self-sufficiency and secure long-term housing."

"In one's journey to a healthier and safer life, finding a living environment that is affordable, safe and healthy is often difficult," said Dr. Lawrence Ellerby, Clinical Director, FPS Therapy & Support Services. "This funding from the Government of Canada allows our practice to provide a supported living environment that offers individuals not only a safe and healthy residence, but also membership in a therapeutic community that builds their capacity for individual growth and wellness. This resource is about inviting and engaging clients to take back their rightful place as positive and productive members of the community."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of almost $150,000 is being used by the organization to create a supportive housing facility for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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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 July 16, 2012, a total of 2 047 approved projects totalling over $693 million have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 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, 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 encourages a housing-first approach, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness, and is necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, life skills development or management of mental health issues.

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

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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