Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 28, 2012 13:00 ET

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

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that vulnerable Canadians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to housing and support services.

"Our Government is giving a hand-up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Ms. McLeod. "We are pleased to support the City of Kamloops in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems."

"The opportunity for the City to undertake the primary responsibility of administering these funds on behalf of the Federal Government will provide synergies in our community collaboration to end homelessness," stated Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. "As well, this direct responsibility will enhance our community's ability to be responsive and direct in achieving the outcomes of the community plan in a more local and community based approach."

Over the next two years, the Government will invest over $1 million in Kamloops through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The City of Kamloops will be distributing this funding to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for people 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 June 4, 2012, a total of 2 037 approved projects totalling over $687 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