Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 07, 2011 13:30 ET

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

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2011) - Families and individuals in Metro Vancouver working towards building a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada. Ms. Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, 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 people seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Ms. Young. "We are pleased to invest in Metro Vancouver's efforts to find local solutions to local problems."

"Bringing the management of Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds to the local level means that the people making the decisions are actually part of the community," said Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson. "This brings greater accountability, faster decision-making and a stronger role for Metro Vancouver in helping the homeless in the region."

"Building on local knowledge and leveraging our existing capacity really emphasizes the 'Partnering' element here," added Derek Gent, Executive Director of Vancity Community Foundation. "Working closely with Metro and the dedicated people from the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness will allow us to deliver even greater results with this important federal funding source."

This Government of Canada investment of over $19 million, through Metro Vancouver, will enable local organizations to develop transitional, supportive and emergency housing and to support services for people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Metro Vancouver.

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 on 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. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of October 31, 2011, a total of 1 751 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 Strategy 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