Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 05, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in British Columbia

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2012) - People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the community of Prince Rupert will have their basic and essential food needs addressed. This announcement was made today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping people seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Zimmer. "The Salvation Army is well known for its humanitarian efforts and it's a pleasure to partner with them to offer these important services to those in need."

Over $100,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding will be used by the Salvation Army to operate a food bank, as well as a soup kitchen that offers healthy and nutritious meals reviewed by a hospital dietician. Additional support services will be available, including life-skills training, referrals to employment programs and assistance to find housing.

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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 March 12, 2012, a total of 1 771 approved projects totalling over $638 million were 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 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 www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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