Human Resources and Skills Development Canada



Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps People who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Prince Albert

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - Canadians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater 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 vulnerable Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Hoback. "We are pleased to support the River Bank Development Corporation in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By partnering with local organizations to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Prince Albert."

"As a community entity responsible for delivering the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, we have enjoyed working with the federal government and our local community to implement a new service delivery model that builds on our capacity as a community to define our own needs," said Brian Howell, Manager, River Bank Development Corporation. "These projects are practical initiatives that will improve the circumstances of homeless individuals and families in our community.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $273,000 has been distributed by the River Bank Development Corporation to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Prince Albert. A total of five local projects have received Government of Canada funding.

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BACKGROUNDER

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

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. A renewal of the HPS extended that commitment to March 2014.

As of August 21, 2012, 2 197 approved projects totalling over $721 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 to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in society. This model 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 HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, recognizing that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. It is also necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, the development of life skills and the management of mental health issues.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Project descriptions

Agreements have been signed and are in place for the following projects.

Organization Name Project Summary Funding Amount
Prince Albert Share a Meal Food Bank The organization will renovate their facility, allowing them to continue serving meals to people who are in need. $75,000
Prince Albert Community Housing Society The organization will complete the preliminary work required to move forward with the construction of the four-plex unit that will provide housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. $40,000
YWCA of Prince Albert The organization will renovate their facility to improve its ability to provide services and to ensure it has the potential to expand. $100,000
Prince Albert Literacy Network The organization will develop an education package to provide individuals with information about their right as tenants and with tips on budgeting to help them find a home. $25,000
The Salvation Army The organization will renovate its kitchen in order to be able to continue its activities as well as implement the new Sunday meal service. $33,500
Total Funding $273,500

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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