Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 20, 2011 10:00 ET

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

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have better access to support services, announced Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, 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 Mr. Hoback. "Through this investment, the Indian Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert (IMFCPA) will create a safe and stable environment to provide support to a greater number of people in need."

The IMFCPA is receiving Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding of $30,000 to renovate its building in order to create drop-in space and double the number of people it can serve daily from 15 to 30. These renovations will provide a place for homeless and at-risk people to meet, receive daytime shelter from the extreme cold, gather housing and employment information, eat and secure basic daily necessities.

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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 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, 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. The Program uses a model that seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories and 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 Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The Homelessness Partnering 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