Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 23, 2012 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, celebrated the grand opening of the Edward Street project today. Families and individuals in Edmonton working towards building a stronger future are getting help from the Government of Canada.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Hawn. "We are pleased to partner with Homeward Trust Edmonton. Through partnerships like this one, our government can develop and deliver projects and services to help Canadians."

"We are thrilled to see the addition of new units serving people in need," said Susan McGee, Executive Director of Homeward Trust Edmonton. "Through the support of government, and the hard work of organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association, we are making progress towards ending homelessness in Edmonton."

The Canadian Mental Health Association, through Homeward Trust Edmonton, received Government of Canada homelessness funding of more than $1.5 million over the last five years. This funding was used for the land purchase and the construction of an apartment building with 27 bachelor suites for people with chronic and persistent mental illness, and a limited income, who are capable of living independently with some support.

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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 December 5, 2011, a total of 1 752 approved projects totalling over $635 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 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, stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and in 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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